New Delhi(web team):India leads 191 countries to mark the International Yoga Day celebrations on Sunday as with over 35,000 participants expected to perform various yoga ‘asanas’ at a mega event on Rajpath in New Delhi.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering, diplomats from 152 foreign missions have been invited to take part in the event which will start at 7 am to 7.35 am. Given the expected large participation at one place, the Ministry of AYUSH which is coordinating the event, will aim at registering the event into the Guinness World Records for the “largest yoga demonstration or class at a single venue”.
Before the event began, PM Modi addressed the crowd at Rajpath. At the event he said, “Did anyone imagine Rajpath would ever become Yogpath? We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and Sadbhavana.”
He further said, “I thank the United Nations and other countries of the world who co-sponsored the resolution to mark this day as International Day of Yoga.”
10:01 IST Sunday, 21 June 2015
Personnel of the navy and coast guard participated in the first International Yoga Day on Sunday.
Ministry of Defence principal spokesperson Sitanshu Kar shared the information via a series of tweets.
9:35 IST Sunday, 21 June 2015
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on Sunday took part in the celebrations of first International Yoga Day in Srinagar.
9:14 IST Sunday, 21 June 2015
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal participated in the International Yoga Day with Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia. Kejriwal said Yoga is very beneficial and hence should not be politicised.
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7:00 IST Sunday, 21 June 2015
PM Modi practises yoga at Rajpath
6:50 IST Sunday, 21 June 2015
PM Narendra addresses the crowd at Rajpath
Addressing thousands of people, PM Modi spoke at length spoke about the relevance of yoga in today’s world.
“Everything is moving forward, we dont want the situation where humans are lagging behind. Just making a body flexible, turning body into shapes is not yoga. Else everyone in a circus would be a yogi. Mind, intellect, body and soul, all have to be in sync.,” he elaborated on the emeaning of yoga.
“We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace, goodwill. This is a programme for manav kalyan (benefit of man), a tension free world and a programme to spread the message of goodwill, ” PM Modi said about the event.
The day was observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations and other related events. Government set up 2,000 huge digital ‘cinema screens’ across Rajpath for people to witness the live streaming of the performance of yoga asanas on Sunday. Besides Delhi, the yoga event will held on a large scale in Lucknow, Kolkata and Patna which will be streamed live on Doordarshan and through webcast.
Similarly all the states have been requested to celebrate IYD simultaneously and to organise similar events at district and panchayat headquarters. Over 11 lakh NCC cadets will perform according to Common Yoga Protocol and about 9 lakh members of armed police forces in their respective field units.
Stamps brought out by Department of Post on IYD as well as coins of Rs 10 and Rs 100 denominations brought out by the Finance Ministry will also be released during the mega event at Rajpath. Apart from the government, several organisations will also hold similar yoga events as per their capacity including Ramdev who will hold 1,100 programmes and has targeted reaching one lakh villages, while Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has claimed to reach five crore people.
The government has also roped in celebrities like Amitabh Bacchhan, cricketer Virat Kohli and wrestler Susheel Kumar while other stars in various countries have also been roped in for the event. The yoga celebrations are being held in the national capital after the United Nations had in December last year declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, with 177 countries voting in favour. The proposal had been mooted by the Prime Minister during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year.
Ahead of International Yoga Day celebrations, Delhi has been put on alert with as many as thirty companies of security personnel being deployed to guard Rajpath where a mega event is to be held on Sunday.
According to police, around 5,000 armed security personnel including Delhi policemen will be deployed to secure the venue and the area around it as thousands of yoga practitioners including Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the early morning programme. The 35-minute Yoga programme organised by AYUSH Ministry is scheduled to begin at 7.30 AM on International Yoga Day.
Following an alert issued by intelligence agencies, Delhi Police has banned flying of kites, balloons, glider, micro light objects during the programme to ward off any aerial threat. Eighteen DCP-level officers will also be on duty to monitor the security arrangements that will be at par with the Republic Day Parade arrangements, said a senior police officer.
The area restricted for public will be bounded by Mother Teresa Crescent, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Outer Circle Connaught Place between Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Barakhamba Road, Bhagwan Dass Marg, Mathura Road, Lodhi Road, Aurbindo Chowk, Safdarganj Road, Kamaal Ataturk Marg, Kautilya Marg and Sardar Patel Marg upto 11 Murti. Only labelled vehicles of yoga invitees and residents of these areas will be permitted to enter from 2 AM till conclusion of the function at about 10 AM, said Jt Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sandeep Goel.
With agency inputs
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