International Yoga Day: Who was stretching where
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and several Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh and Harsh Vardhan, led Yoga Day events in various parts of Delhi on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the countrywide celebrations in Ranchi where around 40,000 enthusiasts stretched an extra muscle in various yogic exercises at the Prabhat Tara ground.
Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad led celebrations at Hauz Khas, Piyush Goyal in Lodhi Garden, Harsh Vardhan at Kudesia Garden in Civil Lines, Smriti Irani at Dada Dev Ground in Raj Nagar and Thawarchand Gehlot in Sangam Vihar.
The day, which was adopted by the United Nations in 2014, was celebrated at the Red Fort lawns as thousands of women and men, all clad in white, converged at the venue and participated in the mass yoga event led by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu.
Traffic restrictions were imposed in parts of the city since early morning for the celebrations. Elaborate security arrangements were also put in place to ensure no untoward incident happens.
BJP working president J.P. Nadda performed yoga, along with other party leaders and workers, at a park opposite the headquarters of the party on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg.
In Delhi, events ere held at the sprawling Rajpath and the lawns of Red Fort as well as municipal parks, hospitals, gardens and offices.
Rajnath Singh, along with Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, environment minister Prakash Javadekar and senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi rolled out mats and took part in the celebrations by performing asanas at Rajpath.