Ranchi: While performing Yoga on the occasion of the International Yoga Day with 40,000 enthusiasts at the Prabhat Tara ground on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Yoga was our integral part. He has also recommended to everybody the practice of the ancient Indian discipline lifelong.
The Jharkhand capital was selected as the venue for the main event for the fifth International Day of Yoga.
Events to mark the day are being held across the country and several of them are being led by Union ministers, including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh.
Modi also said the government has been working to make Yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare.
Expressing concern that young people were becoming vulnerable to heart ailments, Modi said, “Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year’s theme is ‘Yoga for Heart’.” He appealed to the people to take yoga to all sections of society.
“We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages, tribal areas. Yoga is above regions, above faith, above everything,” Modi told the gathering.
The prime minister stressed that, for yoga to become popular, infrastructure for it must be strengthened. He said the government was working towards it.
Urging people to make yoga a part of daily life, Modi said, “Peace and harmony are related to Yoga. People across the world must practice it.”
The prime minister had arrived here Thursday night to participate in the main event on the International Yoga Day.
Since 2015, the International Day of Yoga is celebrated annually on 21 June.
‘Om’, chants UNGA on Yoga Day
In a first of its kind yoga celebration, the iconic UN General Assembly hall reverberated with chants of ‘Om’, ‘Shanti’ as UN officials and diplomats joined hundreds of others to commemorate the International Yoga Day with the underlying message of yoga’s valuable contribution in addressing climate change and promoting tolerance and peace.
The General Assembly hall, where world leaders come together every year for the high-level UN session, was packed with UN diplomats, officials, yoga gurus and practitioners, children and people from various backgrounds as India’s Permanent Mission to the UN organised the commemoration of the 5th International Yoga Day