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5th International Yoga Day: PM Modi performs yoga along with 40,000 enthusiasts in Ranchi today

Updated : 2019-06-21 14:04:02

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday performed Yoga with around 40,000 enthusiasts at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi and said everybody should practice the ancient Indian discipline lifelong. The Jharkhand capital has been selected as the venue for the main event for the 5th International Day of Yoga. Events to mark the day are being held across the country and several of them are being led by Union ministers, including Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh. Modi also said the government has been working to make Yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare. Expressing concern that young people are becoming vulnerable to heart ailments, Modi said, "Yoga can play a huge role in tackling the issue and hence, this year's theme is 'Yoga for Heart'." He also appealed to the people to take yoga to all sections of society. "We should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages, tribal areas. Yoga is above the region, above faith, above everything," Modi told the gathering. He also stressed that for yoga to become popular, infrastructure for it must be strengthened and said the government was working towards it. Here's a glimpse of how Yoga Day is being celebrated:

Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and others perform yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar and others perform yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performs yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Rajpath, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)
New Delhi: BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir performs yoga on the 5th International Day of Yoga, in East Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)
New Delhi: BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir performs yoga on the 5th International Day of Yoga, in East Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist)
Ranchi: Indian animated characters Motu Patlu perform yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Ranchi: Indian animated characters Motu Patlu perform yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav along with other MP's and officials perform Yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav along with other MP's and officials perform Yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav along with other MP's and officials perform Yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP General Secretary Bhupender Yadav along with other MP's and officials perform Yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla performs Yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla performs Yoga during the 5th International Day of Yoga at Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Vijay Verma)
Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during a mass yoga event on the 5th International Day of Yoga at Prabhat Tara ground, in Ranchi, Friday, June 21, 2019. (PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
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