Live

PM Modi Leads Yoga Day Events, Says ‘Yoga Assures Health’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Chandigarh to kick start the second International Day of Yoga.

Updated21 Jun 2016, 09:44 AM IST
India
4 min read

As India woke up to an early morning call for yoga to mark the second International Yoga Day, we at The Quint think this is the best way of doing it.

PM Modi Leads Yoga Day Events, Says ‘Yoga Assures Health’
2:36 AM, 21 Jun
Snapshot
  • The second International Yoga Day celebrations were held in Chandigarh, led by PM Modi.
  • Modi has stressed that yoga is “not a religious event” and should not be dragged into controversy.
  • In Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee led yoga sessions at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that International Yoga Day is being celebrated in 191 countries.
  • June 21 was named the International Yoga Day by the United Nations.
1:52 AM, 21 Jun
1:52 AM, 21 Jun

Amid controversies over chanting “Om”, backlash from fringe groups and criticism for propagating the Hindutva agenda, the second leg of International Yoga Day was celebrated in the country on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning arrived at Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex to kick-start the celebrations.

Joining over 30,000 yoga enthusiasts, Modi led the yoga session at the venue. More than 5,000 police personnels were expected to be a part of the security arrangements on Tuesday.

2:41 AM, 21 Jun


PM Modi in Chandigarh. (Photo: PIB)
PM Modi in Chandigarh. (Photo: PIB)
Modi in Chandigarh. (Photo: PIB)
Modi in Chandigarh. (Photo: PIB)
6:06 AM, 21 Jun

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked people across the world to celebrate the spirit of yoga regardless of ethnicity, faith, gender and sexual orientation.

On this International Day of Yoga, I urge everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with our fellow human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation. Let us celebrate this Day – and every day – as members of one human family sharing one common, precious home.


1:52 AM, 21 Jun

Top 3 Things Modi Said On Yoga

Addressing the crowd, PM Modi said that the day is associated with good health and that yoga has transformed itself into a “mass movement.”

  • Yoga will connect you to yourself, which is vital in these times when everyone is so busy.

  • I really feel some people don’t fully understand the power and benefits of Yoga.

  • With zero budget, yoga provides health insurance. Yoga does not discriminate between rich and poor.
3:06 AM, 21 Jun


Addressing the crowd, PM Modi has said that the day is associated with good health. (Photo: PIB)
Addressing the crowd, PM Modi has said that the day is associated with good health. (Photo: PIB)
1:52 AM, 21 Jun
2:36 AM, 21 Jun

Modi also asserted that the practice has been growing in popularity over the years and wished for more yoga instructors to be produced in the country.

He also announced two awards for the Yoga Day celebrations next year, one at the national level and the other at the international level.

2:14 AM, 21 Jun

President Pranab Mukherjee Launched Celebrations In Delhi

In Delhi, President Pranab Mukherjee launched Yoga Day celebrations at Rashtrapati Bhavan where around 1,000 people took part.

The celebration also began at seven other locations in Delhi, including Connaught Place. The celebrations took place despite concerns about forecasts of pre-monsoon showers in Chandigarh, as well as in Delhi.

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the commemoration of the 2nd International Yoga Day. (PIB)
President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurating the commemoration of the 2nd International Yoga Day. (PIB)
2:55 AM, 21 Jun
 Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi do yoga in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt.Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi do yoga in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
Baba Ramdev and BJP chief Amit Shah in Faridabad. (Photo: ANI)
Baba Ramdev and BJP chief Amit Shah in Faridabad. (Photo: ANI)
US Ambassador Richard Rahul Verma at the Embassy in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
US Ambassador Richard Rahul Verma at the Embassy in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
2:14 AM, 21 Jun

Yoga Sessions Across The Country

Across the country, 57 ministers – including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Education Minister Smriti Irani led yoga sessions.

BJP leader Shaina NC at International Yoga Day celebrations in Mumbai. (Photo: ANI)
BJP leader Shaina NC at International Yoga Day celebrations in Mumbai. (Photo: ANI)
VK Singh in Chennai. (Photo: ANI)
VK Singh in Chennai. (Photo: ANI)
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani leading a session in Bhopal. (Photo : ANI)
Union HRD minister Smriti Irani leading a session in Bhopal. (Photo : ANI)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh leading a session in Lucknow. (Photo: ANI)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh leading a session in Lucknow. (Photo: ANI)
Navy Chief Sunil Lanba  in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
Navy Chief Sunil Lanba in Delhi. (Photo: ANI)
2:28 AM, 21 Jun
International Yoga Day celebrations at the Eastern Naval Command. (Photo: ANI)
International Yoga Day celebrations at the Eastern Naval Command. (Photo: ANI)
Yoga training session at Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo: Twitter/ <a href="https://twitter.com/DRDO_India">DRDO)</a>
Yoga training session at Jammu and Kashmir. (Photo: Twitter/ DRDO)
Navy personnels doing yoga onboard aircraft carrier INS Viraat. (Photo: ANI)
Navy personnels doing yoga onboard aircraft carrier INS Viraat. (Photo: ANI)
3:55 AM, 21 Jun

World Celebrates Yoga Day

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in December 2014.

Here’s how yoga enthusiasts across the world joined the celebrations.

Yoga day session in Mexico. (Photo: AP)
Yoga day session in Mexico. (Photo: AP)
Australians performing yoga postures. (Photo: AP)
Australians performing yoga postures. (Photo: AP)
International Yoga Day celebrations in China. (Photo: AP)
International Yoga Day celebrations in China. (Photo: AP)
1:52 AM, 21 Jun
1:52 AM, 21 Jun

(With agency inputs)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.

Published: 21 Jun 2016, 02:00 AM IST

Never Miss Out

Stay tuned with our weekly recap of what’s hot & cool by The Quint.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!