Yoga Day LIVE: PM Modi performs Yoga with 30,000 participants in Chandigarh, worldwide celebrations ensue

Yoga Day: The mega event is being hosted at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, designed by French architect Le Corbusier

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22, 2016 5:18 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today joined over 30,000 people in Chandigarh for the second International Yoga Day celebrations as he pitched for treating diseases like diabetes through the ancient spiritual discipline.

Modi, dressed in a white-coloured t-shirt and trouser along with a scarf, led over 30,000 participants, including defence forces personnel and school children, for the second International Day of Yoga celebrations at the Capitol Complex amid tight security.

The Prime Minister, who arrived in Chandigarh last night, participated in a mass demonstration of ‘Common Yoga Protocol’. A yoga enthusiast himself, he performed yoga ‘asanas’ along with the people at the event.

Over 30,000 people from all ages — 10,000 each from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana — performed yoga ‘asanas’ on pink and blue coloured mats during the event. Separately, about 10,000 people also performed yoga at over 100 other locations in Chandigarh itself.

Live Updates of second International Yoga Day celebration:

9: 45:  Yoga practice session held on a grand scale in Bangladesh

9: 30 am: Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar and Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat celebrate Yoga day.

9: 15 am: Yoga day celebrated in Beijing

9:00 am: International Yoga day was celebrated on the banks of Thames in London.

8: 45 am: United Nations lit up to mark second international Yoga day

8:30 am: Celebrations of Yoga day at Rashtrapati Bhavan

8:00 am: The event has concluded.

7:58 am: The demonstration has concluded. The Prime Minister is interacting with the crowd.

7:54 am: Here’s a wide shot of the demonstration in Chandigarh

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7:50 am: The demonstration has now entered the third and final phase.

7:35 am: Here are some pictures of the Prime Minister during the session.

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7:25 am: Demonstration continues in Chandigarh

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7:20 am: Meanwhile, in Delhi, L-G Najeeb Jung and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu are leading the celebrations.

7:16 am: The PM is among the crowd in Chandigarh

3 Photo: Doordarshan/YouTube

7:15 am: 

2 Photo: Doordarshan/YouTube

7:12 am: The Prime Minister has concluded his address. Participants begin to practice Yoga now.

1 Photo: Doordarshan/YouTube

7:10 am:

Let Yoga be popularised across the world. Let yoga teachers be produced from India: PM

I announce two awards for Yoga Day celebrations next year. One award his for those who are doing good work in the field of Yoga on international level and other for national level: PM

7:06 am: 

We are disconnected from ourselves in today’s times. Therefore, Yoga helps us in reconnecting with ourselves – PM

Eminent gynecologists suggest pregnant women to practice Yoga as it helps them stay healthy – PM

There are countries around the world which have 24 hours dedicated TV channels for Yoga – PM

Yoga is also turning into a profession and is providing employment to many – PM Modi

7:05 am: Coast guard personnel are also performing Yoga as part of celebrations today in New Delhi

7:00 am: 

With zero budget, Yoga provides health assurance. Yoga does not discriminate between rich and poor: PM

Yoga is not about what one will get, it is about what one can give up: PM

6:55 am: 

We did not have health insurance in olden times. But Yoga is a practice which gives health ‘assurance’ with zero spending – PM Modi

Yoga is for both believers and non-believers – PM Modi on #YogaDay

6:50 am: PM Modi is addressing the audience in Chandigarh.

At this time, people from across the country and the world are connected to this event – PM Modi on #YogaDay

21 June was chosen for #YogaDay because this day is the longest day of the year – PM Modi

We got support from entire world and every section of the society – PM Modi

Any other day celebrated by UN cannot compete with #YogaDay . It is probably the first time that a day has become mass movement – PM Modi

6. 25 am: 14 people taken into custody by Chandigarh Police for protesting near the Yoga Day venue. They tried to protest after they were not provided entry cards by the administration.

6. 05 am: Around 150 differently-abled students also participating in the Yoga Day event in Chandigarh.

5.48 am: Crowd and media persons settle down at the venue. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive shortly.

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5. 45 am: Watch enthusiastic crowd of mostly students reaching the Capitol Complex to participate in the Yoga Day celebrations.

5. 20 am: Participants starts arriving at the venue for International Yoga Day in Chandigarh.

 SEE: Photos of PM Modi performing asanas at Yoga Day in Chandigarh

READ: Yoga provides health assurance with zero budget

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jun 21, 2017 at 10:26 am
    Let us know "Yog" from first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He said : " YOG BANYA TERA KIRTAN GAYEE". It can be understood like this. Nanak Dev Ji is addressing "Ek Onkar" , the Universal Sovereign Supreme Ever-existing Live Power , by saying that my contact with you was successful by singing songs about you and your greatness, your perfection. In other words , Guru Ji is conveying to the mankind that destination of "Ek Onkar" is reachable through real songs sung in rememberance of him or that power. He also says : " Simar Simar Satgur Apna Soya Mann Jaganyee". It is a common knowledge that every being including human being is endowed with nine doors which , by nature and automatically, bring us into contact with material world subject to "Kal". These doors which open through our senses are not natured or empowered or activated to come into contact with "Akal", that which is not subject to decay and further , that which is beyond delusion ( Maya). So in order that we reach that destination ,
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      Abhinav Gour
      Jun 21, 2016 at 2:54 am
      If you see the waist line of every minister you can see how much yoga everyone does daily. 2 of them had to get gastric stapling to control their waist line.
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        MyTake
        Jun 21, 2016 at 2:42 am
        First attempt in centuries by India to feel proud of its past: giving some useful tool to the world and fail laying it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are others who feel proud in begging and PM Modi is not one of those. He takes pride in what he has, so does majority of people.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Jun 21, 2016 at 4:27 am
          Prime Ministerial encouragement to Yoga is a very good thing which should be lauded by all.
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            babu
            Jun 21, 2016 at 2:33 am
            Nutanki baaz selfi queen
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