Modi leads Int'l Yoga Day in Lucknow; thousands join despite rains

India Tv- Modi in Lucknow to lead third International Yoga Day celebrations

India Tv- Modi in Lucknow to lead third International Yoga Day celebrations

Prior to this, a similar record for 35,985 people doing yoga together at one place, was registered at Rajpath in Delhi on June 21, 2015 with the Prime Minister also gracing the occasion. "Today, there is no question mark over yoga in any part of the world".

"It is not important to perform yoga for 24 hours".

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and cabinet ministers were also be present at the event.

In his speech earlier, Adityanath thanked Modi for picking Lucknow as his venue for performing yoga on the third IYD.

Addressing a huge gathering here, Modi said yoga, akin to its capacity to unite the body, mind and soul, has played a "big role" in binding the world, cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers. "There are many countries which do not know our language, traditions or culture but the entire world is getting connected with us because of yoga", said 66-year-old Modi, who was attired in a white T-shirt and loose pants.

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Union minister Jitendra Singh today said yoga has revolutionised health management across the world by offering an opportunity to bring the mind in equilibrium with the body and stressed that there should be no politics over it.

Recalling as to how the United Nations gave its nod for the International Day of Yoga three years back, he said there might not be any country where yoga-related programmes are not held or attraction or awareness towards it has not grown.

Mr. Modi also used the analogy of salt to talk about the significance of yoga, saying that just like salt added taste to food, yoga ensured the well-being of a person.

He said due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the importance of the traditional form of exercise has been recognised globally.

Lauding the people of Lucknow for attending the event despite incessant rain, the Prime Minister said in a lighter vein that they had shown how yoga mats could be used during rainfall - many people had covered themselves with the mats arranged by the state government during the downpour.

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