Modi may lead second International Yoga Day in Chandigarh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2016 12:06 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had led over 35,000 people at the first International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, New Delhi, on June 21, 2015. (HT file photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lead the second edition of International Day of Yoga in Chandigarh on June 21, sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have said.

More than 30,000 people are expected to be a part of the programme during the PM’s visit — his third to Chandigarh since assuming power.

He had first visited the city on September 11, 2015, to attend the PGI convocation and hand over keys of Chandigarh Housing Board flats in Sector 63 to successful applicants.

Modi’s second visit to the City Beautiful came during French President Francois Hollande’s India tour on January 24 this year.

The first International Day of Yoga was observed world over by millions on June 21, 2015.

In India, the PM led about 35,000 people, including a large number of dignitaries from 84 nations, who performed 21 yoga asanas (postures) for 35 minutes at Rajpath in New Delhi.

While declaring the day during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014, Modi had said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5,000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

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