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Here's how India celebrated 5th International Yoga Day; See pictures

03:26 PM Jun 21, 2019 |

Thousands of young and old people across the country united to observe the fifth International Day of Yoga today with great enthusiasm and zeal.

The event marked the presence of various security forces including Border Security Force, Indian Navy, Central Industrial Security Force, ITBP, Assam Rifles, CRPF etc.

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Yoga was performed onboard INS Viraat (Decommissioned) at Western Naval Dockyard in Mumbai as well. Making it more unique, dog squads of Border Security Force and ITBP performed yoga along with their trainers in Jammu and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively. Besides, a 'river Yoga' in Digaru river was performed by the 9th Battalion of ITBP in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and other celebrities performed Yoga along with people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed yoga along with around 30,000 people in Ranchi at the Prabhat Tara ground. The session continued for around 45 minutes here.

"Yoga has always been associated with peace and harmony. I thank people for adopting Yoga. I urge people to embrace it," Modi said in his address prior to the session. He also spoke in English for a few minutes to reach out to the global audience.

Saying "Yoga is beyond caste, religion, region and any boundaries", the Prime Minister added "there is a solution to alcoholism and diabetes in Yoga".

The first International Day of Yoga was observed all on June 21, 2015, and the idea was first proposed by PM Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.

Participants perform at a mass yoga session organised to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Lodhi Gardens in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other participants performs yoga during a mass yoga event organised to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Prabhat Tara Ground in Ranchi.
Sadhus perform yoga at Kamakhya Temple to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in Guwahati.
Yoga enthusiasts take part in a mass yoga session organised on the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Rajpath in New Delhi.
Indian Army personnel perform yoga to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, in the icy ranges of the Himalayas.
Parliamentarians and officals perform 'Yogasanas' during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi.
Indian animated characters Motu Patlu perform yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi.
Navy personnel performed Yoga today on-board INS Ranvir which is stationed in the Bay of Bengal.
Indian Army Dog Unit doing yoga poses as part of an event for International Yoga Day in Jalandhar in north India's Punjab state.
A yoga enthusiast performs Mallakhamba during a mass yoga session organised to mark the 5th International Day of Yoga, at Rajpath in New Delhi.

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