Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two day visit to Lucknow to participate in the International Yoga Day celebrations. He will also inaugurate the newly-constructed campus of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU). Earlier known as the Uttar Pradesh Technical University, the institute was renamed by the Akhilesh government as Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University as a tribute to India’s Missile Man, who died in July 2015.
The stage is all set for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the International Yoga Day in Lucknow.
Special saffron coloured yoga mats have been arranged for PM Modi and for CM Yogi Adityanath and 20 other people at a space right in front of the main stage at the venue. The saffron yoga mats will have International Yoga Day logo with “Yoga for Harmony and Peace” slogan written on it. The Saffron colour is often associated with Hinduism and represents the quest for light and salvation.
To mark the importance of Yoga which started 5,000 years ago in India, other countries like Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States, will hold programs on Yoga with participants from various sections of the society.
The first edition of the International Yoga Day which was held on June 21 in 2015 at Rajpath in the national capital where Narendra Modi had performed Yoga along with 37,000 people in Delhi and 200 million people across the country. The second edition was held in Chandigarh where 30,000 people participated in the presence of the Prime Minister.
Now the third edition will take place tomorrow that is June 21 2017. Government institutions such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will also hold an event to mark the day with faculty members and students performing Yoga.
Source: Economic Times