PM Narendra Modi leads yoga session amidst downpour in Lucknow

Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.

Published: 21st June 2017 09:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd June 2017 12:51 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana to mark the 3rd International Yoga Day in Lucknow on Wednesaday. (Courtesy: PMO's Twitter account)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: The day broke as early as 2 am in Lucknow as people of all ages and walks of life were drawn to Ramabai Maidan to join PM Narendra Modi’s yoga camp on the occasion of International Yoga Day on Wednesday.

A drizzle that turned into a downpour delayed the programme by half an hour.

Wearing an Assamese gamochha around his neck, Modi led the celebration, the third edition of International Yoga Day, joined by over 50,000 people who kept him company through an 80-minute Yoga session.

Despite the driving rain, Modi performed aasanas along with UP governor Ram Naik,, chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy CMs Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and the entire UP cabinet.

There were an assortment seers and sadhu types in the camp. People had started thronging the venue since 5 in the morning. However, the programme, which was scheduled to commence at 6 am, started half an hour late due to heavy showers in the state capital.

IN PICS |  Top political leaders stretching a limb or two with the public on International Yoga Day 

Addressing the huge gathering, PM Narendra Modi said, “Yoga has connected India with the world as it is immensely popular outside the country. People across the globe are realising the utility of yoga and resorting to it to bring about wellness in their lives."

WATCHMysuru attempts two Guinness records on International Yoga Day

Expressing happiness over the growing number of yoga institutes that have cropped up during the last three years, PM Modi said the demand for Yoga teachers was increasing across the world.

Massive security arrangements were in place in the state capital in view of the Prime Minister's visit. A huge contingent of police officers and 25 companies of PAC were deployed in and around the camp venue.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp