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Warm up session: Ramdev gets the ball rolling for International Yoga Day

Yoga guru Ramdev held a massive yoga camp at the iconic Rajpath in New Delhi on Sunday evening to mark the beginning of the International Yoga Day celebrations.

international yoga day Updated: Jun 20, 2016 12:40 IST
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Ramdev and union minister Venkaiah Naidu practice Yoga along with others during a yoga camp ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21, at Rajpath.
Ramdev and union minister Venkaiah Naidu practice Yoga along with others during a yoga camp ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21, at Rajpath.(PTI Photo)

Yoga guru Ramdev held a massive yoga camp at the iconic Rajpath in New Delhi on Sunday evening to mark the beginning of the International Yoga Day celebrations.

The event saw participation of thousands of volunteers, including political bigwigs such as Union parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, minister of state for urban development, and for housing and urban poverty alleviation Babul Supriyo, BJP leaders Meenakshi Lekhi, Manoj Tiwari and Vijay Goel besides others.

Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna perform Yoga during the rehearsals for the upcoming International Yoga Day at Rajpath. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Venkaiah Naidu and Ramdev perform pranayam along with the other participants. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

The event was further rocked by some soothing songs sung by renowned singer-composer Kailash Kher.

Speaking at the occasion, Ramdev said that yoga was not a religious but a spiritual practice and did not make a practitioner lose his religious identity.

“Practicing yoga is not a religious practice. It’s spiritual and secular practice,” Ramdev said.

“Doing ‘Surya Namaskar’ does not convert a Muslim into a Hindu,” he said, while leading the rehearsal ceremony.

Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna perform Yoga during the rehearsals for the upcoming International Yoga Day at Rajpath. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Meanwhile, elaborate preparations are underway to celebrate the International Yoga Day on Tuesday. The main event will be held in Chandigarh to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Venkaiah Naidu and Ramdev perform yoga along with the other participants. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Divyangs, a term coined by Prime Minister Modi for the differently abled, are receiving special training for the mega yoga event on June 21 in Chandigarh. As many as 150 differently abled persons are expected to take part in the event.

Participants perform Yoga during the rehearsals for the upcoming International Yoga Day, in New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

In the national capital, there will be 20 differently abled participants, who will give a special performance during the opening ceremony at Connaught Place. June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga.