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International Yoga Day

New Delhi: Thousands of participants perform Yoga during a mass yoga session at Rajpath on the International Day of Yoga 2015 in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo(PTI6_21_2015_000205A)   | Photo Credit: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the >International Yoga Day on June 21 at India Gate, New Delhi.

>Delhi turned into a large yoga mat on Sunday, when the entire Rajpath had volunteers performing yoga along with the Prime Minister.

Mr. Modi said this was not just a day­long celebration but the beginning of an era of peace and harmony. Marvelling over the recognition that International Yoga Day had brought upon this ancient Indian tradition, he thanked the comity of nations for making it possible and joining India by organising similar events world over.

Other prominent personalities who joined Mr. Modi in attempting the record included the warring duo of Delhi politics – Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung – besides some members of Parliament from Delhi.

The International Yoga Day celebration drew enthusiastic response in many countries. Sri Sri Ravishankar’s The Art of Living also organised yoga camp on the occasion. Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Yoga Centre had also arranged a mass programme. Indian Army and Coast Guard also held yoga camps on June 21.

Mr. Modi said that though yoga originated in India, it is a collective gift to humanity.

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When Rajpath turned into 'yogpath'

The day kicked off with a massive yoga demonstration at Rajpath with Prime Minister Modi calling it 'Yogpath'. Across India, the celebrations echoed as bad weather refused to dampen the spirits of yoga practitioners. The Hindu's coverage of this event from across the country and select foreign nations.

As it happened

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Mr. Modi said this was not just a day­long celebration but the beginning of an era of peace and harmony.

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He rubbished claims that yoga represented a particular religion and said yoga represents brotherhood and peace.

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