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Differently-abled students shine at International Yoga Day celebrations

News Agencies | Updated on: 21 June 2016, 12:38 IST

A group of differently-abled students joined the crowd of 30,000 people performing Yoga at Chandigarh's Capitol Complex on 21 June. The students, who were on wheelchairs and crutches, performed various asanas with proficiency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh where he spoke about the benefits of the ancient form, while lauding the nation for showing enthusiasm towards the event. After the Yoga session, PM Modi also interacted with the crowd.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development took up the initiative of 'Yoga Olympiad', which saw participation of school children from across 21 states.

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 the Yoga Day, several Indian missions have organized a series of curtain raiser events in various parts of the world to spread Yoga awareness.

Meanwhile, the United Nations headquarters in New York was lit up ahead of International Yoga Day.

The United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga on 11 December in 2014 after a call from the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on 27 September.

With the globe observing International Yoga Day and India leading from the front, various states across the country have organised events, with people turning up in large numbers to participate.

In the run up to the event, PM Modi released a commemorative postal stamp on Surya Namaskara in the national capital on 20 June.

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed a mass yoga demonstration, involving over a 1000 persons, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan while Union Ministers joined the Yoga Day celebrations in different states.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi joined the celebration in Meerut and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu participated in Delhi.--ANI

First published: 21 June 2016, 12:38 IST