International Yoga Day 2017: Devendra Fadnavis Celebrates With Farmers' Children

Twenty-two individuals had created world records in different categories in the the run-up to Yoga Day events.

The previous record held by Delhi saw the participation of 35,985 people at Rajpath, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first International Yoda Day in 2016.

Speaking at the third edition of the International Yoga Day here, Modi pointed out how the United Nations had accepted his proposal in record time to celebrate June 21 as the International Yoga Day.

"With the growing popularity of yoga in China, it can act as a bridge between India and China", said Deputy Chief of Mission at India Embassy Amit Narang.

He was of the view that yoga was a holistic approach to physical health, mental health and well-being. Yoga, as a mind, body discipline has also been added to the intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. This is what we as human beings are reminded of every year on 21st June during the International Yoga Day celebrations. "There are many countries which do not know our language, traditions or culture, but the entire world is getting connected with us because of yoga".

"Yoga has connected the world with India", Modi, looking relaxed in white track trousers and blue-collared T-shirt, told a cheering crowd. Navy personnel were seen performing Yoga on ships in the middle of the Bay of Bengal.

Hundreds of officers were deployed at the national stadium, where the three-hour event was held, after Hefazat-e-Islam said yoga was un-Islamic.

It gives us enormous satisfaction and happiness that 176 nations celebrated the yoga day today.

Yoga has same importance as "salt" has in life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today and maintained that yoga can act as a great unifying factor and has lately given a boost to India's global reach too.

An International day for Yoga was declared unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 11 December 2014. More than 10,000 Navy personnel and their families attended the Yoga Day celebrations aboard INS Viraat, among other warships, and even on submarines.

  • Leroy Wright