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International Yoga Day highlights: PM Modi leads celebrations in Lucknow, says yoga is about health assurance

The first International Yoga Day celebration was organised at Rajpath in New Delhi in 2015.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2017 09:53 IST
HT Correspondents
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads yoga celebrations in Lucknow.(Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a gathering of over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan on Wednesday on the third edition of International Yoga Day. UP governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also be present at the event.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India. “I am glad to see several yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing,” he said at the event.

Thousands of people joined ministers and political leaders across the world to perform yoga. Mammoth gathering at the United Nations marked the exponential growth in their awareness of yoga, said India’s permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin.

Here are the highlights:

9.00am: Activist Anna Hazare and Union minister Ananth Kumar perform Yoga in Bengaluru.


8.30am: Congress workers in Bhopal perform the ‘Shavaasana’ to protest against farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur.

8.15am: Yoga guru Ramdev and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani participate in a yoga camp here. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah also graces the event.

8.10am: India’s permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, says mammoth gathering at the United Nations marks the exponential growth in their awareness of yoga.

8.06am: Thousands of people of different nationalities took part in various events organised in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the eve of the International Yoga Day.

8.05am: People practise yoga at CyberHub in Gurgaon.

7.58am: Union minister of state for women and children welfare (independent charge), Krishna Raj, participates in a yoga event at Eklavya stadium in Agra.

7.55am: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan performs yoga in Bhubaneswar. Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu participates in the International Yoga Day programme at the ‘A’ Convention Centre.

7.47am: Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya perform yoga in Lucknow

7.42am: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh performs yoga in Raipur.

7.40am: Yoga being performed at Aligarh Muslim University, at backdrop of Taj Mahal on other side of Yamuna and Mehtab Bagh in Agra.

7.36am: In many places, Samajwadi Party leaders are seen taking out bicycle rallies.

7.35am: Yoga being performed at the USA embassy in Delhi.

7.34am: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Acharya Balkrishna perform yoga in Guwahati.

7.32am: Some participants run away with yoga mats when PM Modi’s yoga session is still on

7.30am: BJP’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind joins yoga event in New Delhi.

7.24am: Delhi Police practice yoga: “Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame,” the Delhi Police tweets.

7.21am: Rain plays spoilsport at Eklavya sports ground in Agra.

7.20am: Before performing yoga, MP chief minister Chouhan addresses the participants. “Yoga is necessary for students to keep themselves mentally and physically fit,” says Chouhan.

Participants perform yoga at Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal. ( Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo )

7.19am: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is performing yoga with 5,000 people at Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal.

7.14am: Uttarakhand is fully decked up to celebrate the third International Yoga Day. Hectic preparations were going on for the past three days to convert Uttarakhand’s most happening sporting field Parade ground into a huge yoga venue.

7.11am: Some yoga enthusiasts joined PM Modi’s yoga session while others prefer to remain in shade as it’s raining heavily.

7.09am: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Vijay Goel, Delhi L-G Anil Baijal are present at the NDMC International Yoga Day at Connaught Place.

7.08am: Big screens relaying PM Modi’s speech from Lucknow to Allahabad’s Parade ground.

7.06am: The Prime Minister says yoga is about health assurance. “It is not even expensive to practice,” he adds..

7.05am: Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness, says PM Modi at Lucknow celebrations.

7.04am: Indian Naval Cadets perform yoga on the deck of INS Virat on the eve of International Yoga Day in Mumbai.

7.00am: Prime Minister Modi says: “I am glad to see several Yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing.”

6.59am: Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India: PM Modi.

6.58am: Yoga has been a part of every Indian household, says PM Narendra Modi.

6.55am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses gathering at the International Yoga Day celebration ground, conveys “my greetings to all those joining the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations all over India.”

6.51am: “I welcome the Prime Minister to Lucknow and am happy he is joining the Yoga Day celebrations here with us,” says UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

6.50am: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath speaks at the venue, thanks volunteers for waiting patiently despite rainfall.

6.47am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar maidan for International Yoga Day celebrations.

6.46am:School students practise yoga at Parade ground near banks of Sangam, the holy confluence of Gangs and Yamuna performing yoga in Allahabad.

6.45am: Continuous rainfall in Lucknow spoils Yoga Day preparations at Ramabai Ambedkar ground, venue of PM Narendra Modi’s third international Yoga Day event.

(With inputs from Pawan Dixit, Hemendra Chaturvedi, Oliver Fredrick, K Sandeep Kumar from Uttar Pradesh, Prithviraj Singh from Dehradun, Shruti Tomar from Bhopal, Srinivasa Rao Apparasu from Hyderabad)

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 06:43 IST