International Yoga Day 2017 Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today led the celebrations even as number dignitaries and people across India braved early morning rains to mark the third International Yoga Day. Apart from PM Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and over 50,000 enthusiasts took part at the main event held at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow. Started in 2015, after the efforts of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Yoga Day has become an international phenomenon now with people from all around the world participating in it. The 80-minute event began at around 6.30 am in which PM Modi lauded the contribution Yoga in our lives.
Here are International Yoga Day 2017 Live Updates:
1:25 PM: In a lighter vein, PM Modi said yoga enthusiasts in Lucknow were not only spreading a message that yoga is important in life, but they were also demonstrating as to how yoga mats could be used to protect them from rain.
1:15 PM: “People of Lucknow have turned up despite rains…your effort is praiseworthy,” he said referring to people taking cover under yoga mats to save themselves from the downpour.
1:05 PM: The third international Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the twin states of Haryana and Punjab. Yoga Day celebrations were also held in Union Territory Chandigarh here.
1:00 PM: Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to make Yoga Day an international event.
12:55 PM: Yoga can make an important contribution in achieving a healthy life and promoting well being for all at a time when the world is striving to achieve sustainable development goals, a top UN official has said on the eve of the third International Yoga Day.
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12:50 PM: Mizoram Governor Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma today inaugurated the ‘Healthy Mizoram Campaign’ and joined Yoga enthusiasts at the Assam Rifles ground on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.
12:45 PM: Nearly three lakh people, led by Ramdev, turned up at GMDC ground here on the International Yoga Day today to perform asanas, which the yoga guru claimed is a world record.
12:40 PM: After the one-and-a-half hour long session, Ramdev claimed that the event has made it to the Guinness World Records book with nearly three lakh people performing yoga at one place.
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12:35 PM: The previous record was made in Delhi on June 21, 2015, when 35,985 people did yoga at Rajpath with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
12:30 PM: “Today is the most important day for me, as more than three lakh people performed yoga at one place to set a new world record. We have broken the previous world record, which was set in the presence of our PM, by a huge margin,” Ramdev told reporters after the event. He said that officials of the Guinness World Records book were also present at the event.
12:25 PM: Ramdev said the officials will declare the final figure of the participants after tabulating the data based on the bar code tag given to each person at the entry gates.
12:20 PM: Though India was trying hard to make yoga popular across the globe since 2011, we got success after the United Nations accepted Modiji’s proposal in 2014 and declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day. Since then, the popularity of yoga is increasing across the world rapidly, said Amit Shah said.
12:15 PM: In line with the UN’s declaration of June 21 as the International Yoga Day, Union Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Rajiv Pratap Rudy today encouraged people in Nagaland to practice yoga in their daily lives.
12:10 pm: Union Minister Piyush Goyal performed Yoga at Visakhapatnam’s Swarna Bharati Indoor Stadium.
12:07 pm: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Ayush Minister Harak Singh Rawat performed different yogic postures as hundreds of yoga enthusiasts, young and old alike, followed them to mark the occasion at different venues across Uttarakhand.
12:03 pm: Army troops of Amogh Division and their families performing Yoga at India-Pakistan border town of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan.
12:00 pm: Earlier in the day, PM Modi had stressed on the relevance of yoga in employment too, the prime minister said yoga institutes have come up in large numbers in the past three years and demand for yoga teachers has also grown.
11:55 am: Third International Yoga day: From India to US- Yoga was performed at Head Quarters of Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. Enthusiasts performed Yoga postures outside UN office in New York, according to ANI report.
11:50 am: If people have come in large numbers even in a rainy weather that suggest how much people have a belief and resolve toward yoga. The kind of awakening that Prime Minister Modi has spread regarding yoga can be seen here as people have come here for yoga in this adverse weather also. This suggests that there is an awakening for yoga among people, Jitendra Singh said in Jammu.
11:45 AM: As cities across India rolled out yoga mats at various venues to mark the importance of yoga on the , Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the practice has now evolved into an international art, free of any political tinges.
11:40 AM: Meanwhile, talking on the occasion, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh said Yoga is not just for its physical benefits but a means to spiritual upliftment in making life more disciplined.
11:30 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the government will consider introducing yoga in schools. Kejriwal was speaking on the sidelines of an event organised in Connaught Place in New Delhi to observe the International Yoga Day.
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11:25 am: It (introducing yoga in schools) will be a good idea. I will speak to Manish Sisodia about it. Yoga is a good thing. Everyone should practise it, says Arvind Kejriwal
11:20 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently said that yoga should not be made the issue of political debate or fetching votes.
11:15 am: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently said that yoga should not be made the issue of political debate or fetching votes.
11:10 am: The ITBP personnel also celebrated yoga at various locations across India, including Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu, Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon District, Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district.
11:05 am: Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba also preformed Yoga in New Delhi
11:00 am: The age-old Indian practice has brought people from different culture and countries together and this could be clearly seen from the zeal and enthusiasm with which the people across the globe are practicing yoga.
10:55 am: Yoga Day celebrated across India- Indian Coast Guard personnel perform Yoga, off West Coast and at Headquarters in Delhi. Yoga Day was celebrated in confined spaces on board a Submarine. NCC cadets perform Yoga in Kolkata.
10:50 am: Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the day’s celebrations while addressing the gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, and said that Yoga has become an integral part of every Indian household.
10:45 am: Conveying his greetings to all those who joined the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations across India and the world, Prime Minister Modi said Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India.
10:43 am: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa leads a Yoga session organised in Air Force Station in New Delhi.
10:40 am: BJP MP from Unnao, Sakshi Maharaj also participated in the grand event. Minister of Science and Technology and Environment, Harsh Vardhan and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who were scheduled to attend the event, did not turn up.
10:35 am:: Also present on the occasion were Father Filix Jones, Catholic Archdiocese of Delhi, Dildar Hussain Beigh, President of All Hussain Memorial Society and Dr A K Merchant, National Trustee of Bahai community.
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10:30 am: The lawns of the Red Fort today turned into a sea of white as a huge gathering of yoga enthusiasts including followers of Brahma Kumaris joined to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.
10:25 am: Braving rains, around 50,00 women and men, all clad in white, converged at the venue and participated in the mass yoga event organised by the Brahma Kumaris.
10:20 am:The event began with the live telecast of the speeches of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at three screens installed at the venue following which they performed yogic exercises.
10:15 am: Donning a white yoga-themed t-shirt, NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind joined dignitaries and other enthusiasts at the iconic venue and performed routines for about 45 minutes.
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10:10 am: “We are all here to do yoga. Everyone should do yoga,” Kovind told reporters after arriving at the venue.
10:05 AM: The Delhi Police had received intelligence inputs about some terror outfits planning a London-style attack during the International Yoga Day celebrations at Connaught Place in New Delhi.
10:00 AM: In view of the alert warning of the attack similar to the one in London recently in which a man had ploughed a van into people, the police had barricaded with buses the entry points of roads leading to Connaught Place, according to PTI report.
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9:55 AM: The police had only left some space for pedestrians to pass through, the sources said. This had been done to ensure that even if a vehicle tried to enter the area, it would end up ramming into these empty buses, Police told PTI.
9:50 AM: A three-tier security layer was thrown around the area to enhance the vigil, a senior police officer was quoted as saying by PTI, adding, that snipers were also stationed on certain buildings to keep a hawk eye vigil.
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9:45 AM: Police had received a specific input about a London-style attack being planned to disrupt the event that was being attended by various dignitaries, including NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
9:40 AM: As many as 10,000 people joined the dignitaries early this morning at the famed British-era market in the common Yoga performance.
9:35 am: A man had recently ploughed a van into Muslims leaving prayers at a mosque injuring 11 people near Finsbury Park mosque, north London.
9:30 am: In April, a hijacked beer truck rammed into pedestrians at a central Stockholm department store, killing four people, wounding 15 others and sending screaming shoppers fleeing in panic.
9:30 am: Dressed in white t-shirts and trousers, people stretched and twisted themselves with joy in various postures at Yoga events held across the nation.
9:25 am: Taking to the social media, Assam Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal asked people to devote themselves to Yoga for a healthy body and mind. “For a healthy body and mind, let us devote ourselves to Yoga – the most effective and balanced method of wellbeing #InternationalYogaDay,” he tweeted.
9:20 am: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, “Yoga means to ‘unite’; it is the unison of body, mind & spirit to seek strength, peace & harmony for all #EveryDayYogaDay #YogaChhattisgarh”
9:05 am: In Delhi, the third edition of the celebrations played out at several venues — from open plazas in central Delhi to old municipal parks and sprawling gardens in other parts of the city.
9:00 am: Mats were also rolled out at the six radial roads of the famed market place, Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Children’s Park at India Gate, under the aegis of the New Delhi Municipal Council.
8:55 am: Though rains in the early hours had turned the mats soggy, the number of people joining the celebrations, continued to build up.
8:50 am: As the day progresses, the number of people participating in the celebrations, which also includes mega yoga sessions at DDA parks, is expected to reach 10,000 across the city.
8:45 am: The city too wore a festive look as various striking yoga-themed murals were created at various places in the run-up to the celebrations, transforming drab metal sheets at building construction sites and dreary walls of municipal parks into bright canvases.
8:40 am: The latest artwork, the most ambitious one, which was completed yesterday, is an over 10,000-sq ft mural depicting the meditative asanas of Surya Namaskar in the backdrop of Delhi’s famed monuments.
8:35 am: Maharashtra Police personnel perform Yoga in Mumbai.
8:30 am: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed Yoga in Bhopal.
8:25 am: Congress workers do the ‘Shavaasana’ on International Yoga Day in Bhopal to protest against farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur,MP
8:20 am: Union Health Minister JP Nadda performs Yoga in Chandigarh.
8:15 am: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu performed Yoga in Mumbai.
8:00 am: The International Yoga Day was also celebrated at the Red Fort lawns by a huge gathering. Elaborate security arrangements were put in place in the city to ensure no untoward incident.
7:55 am: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan does Yoga in Bhubaneswar
7:53 am: Army jawans perform yoga in minus temperature in Ladakh, as per ABP News.
7:48 am: The major events by DDA were be held at District Park, Sector- 11, Dwarka, Swarn Jayanti Park, Rohini and Yamuna Sports Complex in Delhi.
7:47 am: NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, Sports Minister Vijay Goel,BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi and Bhupendra Yadav perform Yoga in Delhi
7:45 am: The streets of Connuaght Place’s Inner Circle, where vehicular movement has been restricted, wore a festive look as old and young, dressed in colourful attire, pulled and stretched to perform various asanas.
7:42 am: Mats were also rolled out at the six radial roads of the famed market place, Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Children’s Park at India Gate, under the aegis of the New Delhi Municipal Council.
7:40 am: PM Narendra Modi has finished yoga and is greeting the audience.
7:37 am: Lieutenant Governor Of Delhi Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu perform yoga in Delhi.
7:34 am: The WHO is promoting the use of traditional medicine by regulating and, where appropriate, integrating it into national health systems, the global health body has said.
7:30 am: Various asanas or yoga postures are being performed at at Ramabai Ambedkar Ground in Lucknow.
7:25 am: PM Modi performs asanas along with thousands of yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.
7:22 am: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Acharya Balkrishna perform Yoga in Guwahati.
7:19 am: Yoga is being performed at the USA embassy in Delhi.
7:17 am: PM Narendra Modi is performing yoga postures.
7:13 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Lucknow Police sub-inspector Kuldeep Singh for writing a poem on Yoga. Singh wrote the poem describing the benefits of Yoga.
7:09 am: Several dignitaries, politicians and bureaucrats along witth 60,000 participants are attending the 80-minute yoga session at Ramabai Ambedkar Ground in Lucknow. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga by consensus after adopting a measure proposed by Prime Minister Modi.
7:05 am: Yoga’s immense popularity outside India is high & has connected the world with India, says PM Modi.
7:03 am: Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice, says PM Modi
7:01 am: I urge everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives, says PM
6:59 am: In addition to fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness, says PM Modi.
6:57 am: I am glad to see several Yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing, says PM Modi.
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6:55 am: Today, Yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga’s popularity outside India is high and has connected the world with India, says PM Modi.
6:53 am: From Lucknow I convey my greetings to all those joining the Yoga Day celebrations all over India, says PM Modi
6:52 am: PM Modi speaking at International Yoga Day 2017 in Lucknow
6:49 am: I welcome the Prime Minister to Lucknow and am happy he is joining the Yoga Day celebrations here with us, says CM Adityanath
6:47 am: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath gave the welcome speech, said Yoga teaches us to remain integrated.
6:43 am: PM Modi, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are attending the main event at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow.
6:40 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow.
6:25 am: PM Narendra Modi will shortly join the Yoga Day programme at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow.
6:10 AM: Even while it has started raining in Ahmedabad, yoga enthusiasts continue to attend Baba Ramdev’s training.
6:00 AM: Baba Ramdev praises PM Narendra Modi, says if anybody wants to learn man management, he should learn from him.
5:50 AM: BJP chief Amit Shah arrives at Baba Ramdev’s event
5:45 AM: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani arrives at the event. Baba Ramdev welcomes him. The chief minister is in the state along with other dignitaries.
5: 39 AM: Baba Ramdev in a lighter mood, prays that it rains only after 7:30 AM.
5:30 AM: Thousands of enthusiasts take part in Baba Ramdev event. All practising yoga with fervour.
5:20 AM: Baba Ramdev begins leading yoga enthusiasts in Ahmedabad.
5:15 AM: Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel and other state cabinet ministers present on the ocasion.
5:10 AM: About 51,560 Yoga enthusiasts are expected to perform various Yoga asanas at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, where PM Narendra Modi will be present.
5:06 AM: Lucknow all set for the Yoga Day programme, to be attended by PM Narendra Modi.
5:01 AM: This International Day Of Yoga let us pledge to make Yoga a part of our daily life.Take a pledge at http://yoga.ayush.gov.in/ , says Ministry of Ayush in its tweet.
5:00 AM: The Additional District Magistrate (Lucknow East) Virendra Pandey said that partcipants in Lucknow will be allowed to enter the venue from 2.00 AM to 5.30 AM. Also, giant LED screens will be installed at the venue for them to have a close look at the yogic posture.
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4:55: Baba Ramdev honours some practitioners who have created names for themselves and the country in yoga.
4:52 AM: The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute of Pune has been selected as the first recipient of the prime minister’s award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga 2017.
4:51 AM: Baba Ramdev takes stage to lead Yoga enthusiasts in Ahmedabad, wishes everybody on International Yoga Day.
4:50 AM: The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute of Pune has been selected as the first recipient of the prime minister’s award for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of yoga 2017.
4:40 AM: Haryana will also celebrate third international Yoga Day tomorrow where chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, ministers, chief parliamentary secretaries and MLAs would be chief guest in district level functions.
4:30 AM: Ahead of the International Yoga Day, the government launched a mobile application on which people can share their experience about participating in yoga activities.
4:20 AM: The International Yoga Day will also be celebrated at New Delhi’s Connaught Place from 6 AM to 7:40 AM. During this time, a number of events will be organised by the Ayush Ministry.
4:10 AM: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev will Yoga from Ahmedabad. “From the GMDC ground to the AES ground, five grounds have been prepared for the event. More than 100 gates would be there. 3-4 lakh people are expected to attend the event,” he said a day before the Yoga Day.
4:00 AM: This year’s Yoga Day participants include Patanjali Sansthan, NCC, Dev Sanskriti Sansthan, Art of Living, Brahmakumaris, CRPF and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Apart from this, nearly 80 foreign participants are also likely to take part in the event.
3:45 AM: Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South East Asia talked about the importance of Yoga on health. “Beyond the critical importance of physical activity, the International Day of Yoga speaks of another public health imperative: harnessing the full potential of traditional knowledge systems,” she said on the eve of Yoga Day.