Chandigarh: Lakhs of people across India and abroad stretched themselves in various postures to mark the second International Yoga Day yesterday as PM Narendra Modi led the main event in Chandigarh, performing asanas, maintaining that yoga is not a religious activity.
Tree pose perfection: Braving rains, Home Minister Rajnath Singh in a programme in Lucknow
Yoga with mitron: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads participants at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh
Siachen asana: Amid sub-zero temperature, the Army celebrated the day at the Siachen Glacier, at over 20,000 feet. Pics/PTI
Dressed in a white T-shirt and trousers with a scarf around his neck, Modi joined over 30,000 people including defense forces personnel and school children for the event and asked people to embrace yoga like they have taken to mobile phones, saying "it gives us health assurance at zero budget."
AmritsarBend it like the jawans: Border Security Force soldiers performing yoga in Khasa on the outskirts of Amritsar.
He also pitched for treating diabetes through Yoga and announced two awards for excellent work in the field.
Nearly 2,000 pregnant women set a record by performing yoga in Rajkot. Chief Minister Anandiben Patel said, “In Rajkot, 2,000 pregnant women set a world record by performing yoga while 8,000 children on this ground set a world record by making a human chain.” The CM practised asanas for almost 40 minutes along with more than 30,000 participants.