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.
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.
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.