Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led the second International Day of Yoga (IDY) celebrations on Tuesday, appealed to participants to make yoga more popular globally.
Nearly 30,000 enthusiasts took part in the yoga event with PM Modi at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, amid tight security.
Speaking at the event, Modi said that the ancient Indian exercise was the most selfless of its kind, as it did not discriminate, did not ask for much, but simply functioned for the betterment of mankind and brought society together.
“The world supported the idea of the International Day of Yoga. All sections of society came together in this endeavour. This is a day linked with good health and now it has become a people’s mass movement. Yoga is not about what one will get, it is about what one can give up,” he said.
Further stating that with zero budget, yoga provides assurance of good health and does not discriminate between rich and poor, he added, “It is important to integrate yoga with our lives. Do not wait, make yoga a part of your life.”
“Let’s focus on one thing in the coming days, how to mitigate diabetes through yoga. Diabetes can surely be controlled through yoga,” he added.
Over 173 Indian missions across the world are also organising Yoga Day celebrations to spread awareness about the ancient Indian exercise. Besides the main event on Yoga Day, several Indian missions have organised a series of curtain raiser events in various parts of the world to encourage people to take up yoga.
The United Nations headquarters in New York was also lit up ahead of International Yoga Day.
The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on December 11 in 2014 after a call from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27.