The stage is set for International Yoga Day celebrations tomorrow as India leads 191 countries to mark the day with over 35,000 participants expected to perform various yoga asanas at a mega event on Rajpath. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the gathering, diplomats from 152 foreign missions have been invited to take part in the event which will start at 6:00AM. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi launched the Indian Space Association
Given the expected large participation at one place, the Ministry of AYUSH which is coordinating the event, will aim at registering the event into the Guinness World Records for the “largest yoga demonstration or class at a single venue.” Also Read - PM Modi launches e-RUPI digital payment solution: What is it? Is it like Bitcoin? and more questions answered
The day will be observed in over 251 cities in 191 countries across the world and the Indian missions and diplomatic posts have made arrangements for the celebrations and other related events. Government will set up 2,000 huge digital ‘cinema screens’ across Rajpath for people to witness the live streaming of the performance of yoga asanas. Also Read - Aarogya Setu app may soon come pre-installed in new smartphones in India
Similarly all the states have been requested to celebrate IYD simultaneously and to organize similar events at district and panchayat headquarters. Over 11 lakh NCC cadets will perform according to Common Yoga Protocol and about 9 lakh members of armed police forces in their respective field units. Stamps brought out by Department of Post on IYD as well as coins of Rs 10 and Rs 100 denominations brought out by the Finance Ministry will also be released during the mega event at Rajpath.
Apart from the government, several organizations will also hold similar yoga events as per their capacity including Ramdev Baba who will hold 1,100 programs and has targeted reaching one lakh villages, while Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has claimed to reach five crore people. The government has also roped in celebrities like Amitabh Bacchhan, cricketer Virat Kohli and wrestler Susheel Kumar while other stars in various countries have also been roped in for the event.
The yoga celebrations are being held in the national capital after the United Nations had in December last year declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, with 177 countries voting in favor. The proposal had been mooted by the Prime Minister during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year.
How to watch International Yoga Day live
The coverage starts at 6:00AM with Prime Minister’s speech, followed by the yoga-session. The International Day will be extensively covered by Doordarshan. The national channel has said that it will have a crew with 23 cameras at Rajpath to cover the event.
There are however other ways to follow the event live. Doordarshan’s YouTube channel will host the live stream, which you can watch below.
Alternatively, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s website, as well as PMO’s YouTube channel too will be hosting the live stream.
With inputs from PTI