Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath lead thousands of Yoga enthusiasts in performing asanas to mark the International Yoga Day onÂ Wednesday.
According to officials of Lucknow district administration, as many as 51,560 Yoga enthusiasts performed various Yoga asanas at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan.
Some prominent participants in the third International Yoga Day are Patanjali Sansthan, NCC, Dev Sanskriti Sansthan, Art of Living, Brahmakumaris, CRPF and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Apart from this, nearly 80 foreign participants took part in the event.
The 80-minute event begun at around 6.30 AM, for which the state government has sent invites to leaders of various political parties, including former chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and Mayawati (Bahujan Samaj Party).
Updates from the International Yoga Day:
# 12:10 PM
Union Minister Piyush Goyal performed Yoga at Visakhapatnam's Swarna Bharati Indoor Stadium.
# 12:05 PM
Army troops of Amogh Division and their families performing Yoga at Indo-Pak border town of Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
# 12:00 PM
Yoga performed at Head Quarters of Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam on International Yoga Day
Visuals of Yoga performed outside UN office in New York were received at 4 am IST, today
# 10:25 AM
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS DhanoaÂ leads a Yoga session organised in Air Force Station, New Delhi this morning
# 10:19 AM
Yoga in confined spaces onboard a Submarine
# 10:18 AM
Indian Coast Guard personnel perform Yoga, off West Coast and at Headquarters in Delhi
Indian Coast Guard personnel perform Yoga, off West Coast and at Headquarters in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/tPzWuM1VwRâ€” ANI (@ANI_news) June 21, 2017
West Bengal: NCC cadets perform Yoga in Kolkata
# 9:05 AM
Anna Hazare and Union Minister Ananth Kumar perform Yoga in Bengaluru
# 9:00 AM
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed Yoga in Bhopal
# 8:58 AM
WATCH Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Amit Shah and Baba Ramdev participate in a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad
# 8:50 AM
Maharashtra Police personnel perform Yoga in Mumbai
# 8:35 AM
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu performed Yoga in Mumbai
# 8:32 AM
Bhopal: Congress workers do the 'Shavaasana' on #InternationalYogaDay to protest against farmers killed in police firing in Mandsaur,MP
# 8:28 AM
Â Union Health Minister JP Nadda performs Yoga in Chandigarh
# 8:15 AM
India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin performs Yoga in New York
Â 8:05 AM
ITBP jawans doing Yoga at nearly 18000 feet in Ladakh in -25 degrees
# 8:00 AM
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Acharya Balkrishna perform Yoga in Nalbari.
# 7:50 AM
Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath and Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya perform Yoga in Lucknow.
# 7:45 AM
Jawans perform onboardÂ aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
# 7:40 AM
The 'Great Wall of China' becomes the 'Great Wall of Yoga'.
# 7:35 AM
CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Acharya Balkrishna perform Yoga in Guwahati
# 7:28 AM
Yoga being performed at the USA embassy inÂ Delhi
# 7:28 AM
PM Narendra Modi leaves Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow after performing yoga
# 7:21 AM
Yoga earned us respect, says Amit Shah
# 7:20 AM
BJP President Amit Shah addresses nation from Ahmedabad
# 7:16 AM
PM Narendra Modi leads International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow
# 7:07 AM
Yoga is about health assurance. It is not even expensive to practice: PM
# 7:06 AM
I urge everyone to make Yoga a part of their lives: PM
# 7:05 AM
Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness: PM Modi
# 7:03 AM
Celebration of International Yoga Day at the world heritage site of Machu Picchu in Peru
# 7:02 AM
Yoga day celebrations in Baska(Croatia)
# 7:01 AM
I am glad to see several Yoga institutes take shape over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing: PM
# 7:00 AM
Yoga's immense popularity outside India is high & has connected the world with India: PM Modi
# 6:58 AM
From Lucknow I convey my greetings to all those joining the Yoga Day 2017 celebrations all over India
# 6:56 AM
Yoga joins soul to body. It is now joining world together: PM Modi Â
#Â 6:54 AM
Yoga is becoming parts of houses and many countries have also adopted it: PM ModiÂ
# 6:52 AM
PM Modi addresses gathering at Lucknow
# 6:50 AM
Yoga is a part of our tradition and it integrates us: CM
# 6:48 AM
I am grateful that we got the opportunity to organise International Yoga Day event in Uttar Pradesh, says Yogi AdityanathÂ
# 6:44 AM
Yoga onboard INS Jalashwa & INS Kirch in the Bay of Bengal
# 6:42 AM
UP CM Yogi Adityanath addressing gathering in LucknowÂ
# 6:40 AM
PM Modi along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath reach venue in Lucknow
# 6:39 AM
International Yoga Day is set to be celebrated from India to USÂ on Wednesday
# 6:34 AM
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Amit Shah and Baba Ramdev participate in a Yoga camp in Ahmedabad
# 6:30 AM
Yoga guru Ramdev is performing asanas in front of huge crowd in Ahmedabad
# 6:28 AM
PM Modi to reach venue amidst heavy rains
# 6:27 AM
PM Modi not to perform yoga on stage, instead, he will be doing it with people
# 6:25 AM
PM Modi set to address nation at Â 6:35 AM from Lucknow
# 6:20 AM
International Yoga Day event spearheaded by PM Modi scheduled to start at 6:30 AM in LucknowÂ
â€œThe participants will be allowed to enter the venue from 2.00 AM to 5.30 AM. Giant LED screens will be installed at the venue for them to have a close look at the yogic postures,â€ Additional District Magistrate (Lucknow East) Virendra Pandey said.
â€œBesides, we will install LED screens at 11 parks in Lucknow for those unable to enter the venue,â€ he said.
A tight security cordon has been thrown around the sprawling venue with commandos and paramilitary personnel keeping a close watch from vantage points, police said. Officials said over 400 CCTV cameras would be installed forÂ Wednesdayâ€™s event.
â€œPolice chiefs of the adjoining districts of Lucknow have also been alerted to take preventive measures, especially in the wake of the Bharatiya Kisan Unionâ€™s (BKU) call to stage protests on highways leading to the state capital,â€ a senior police official said.
BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said, â€œOur office-bearers, along with farmers, will be performing yoga on the streets of various cities in the state. This will be our way of protest against the governmentâ€™s attitude towards the farmers.â€
BKU general secretary Dharmendra Malik said the supporters of the outfit would perform â€˜sheersashanâ€™.
(With inputs from PTI)