Yoga has connected the world with India: Narendra Modi

Updated: 09:27 GMT, Jun 21, 2017 | Published: 06:03 GMT, Jun 21, 2017 |

For about 20 minutes this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga asanas in the rain at Lucknow’s Ambedkar Sabha Sthal, leading thousands of people in celebrating Yoga Day.

In Ahmedabad, where yoga teacher Ramdev and BJP chief Amit Shah led celebrations, about 5 lakh people turned up to do yoga at 5.30 in the morning.

“I welcome all yoga lovers present here and those performing yoga in various corners of the world. Today, yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga’s popularity out of India is high and it has connected the world with India,” PM Modi said.

Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the BJP’s presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, joined the celebrations in Delhi’s Connaught Place.

PM Modi persuaded the United Nations in 2015 to declare June 21 International Yoga Day. Events are being held in 180 nations across the world today.