Mumbai: Lakhs of people in Maharashtra, including celebrities, students and commoners, joined the fifth International Yoga Day celebrations held across the state here on Friday.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took part in an event guided by yoga Guru Baba Ramdev in Nanded with over 100,000 people joining in simple and rigorous yogic exercises for achieving good mental and physical health.
Bollywood celebrities like Anupam Kher, Sidharth Malhotra, Vivek Oberoi posted Yoga day pictures on their social media handle.
Bollywood actor and yoga enthusiast, Shilpa Shetty Kundra performed and addressed a large crowd that had gathered to perform yoga in Mumbai.
Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondakar also shared an image of her performing a yoga asana amidst the hills on Twitter.
Actor Bipasha Basu too shared a picture of herself on Instagram doing yoga and captioned it "Happy International Yoga Day. Loved what Sadhguru said- Yoga is not just about twisting and turning... it's about existing in union with the rest of the creation. Have a wonderful practice. Have a wonderful day."
Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna also opened up about her journey with yoga in her Instagram post and wrote, "I started practising 15 years ago and though it took almost 7 years to kick in, I could feel a significant alternation-from being a cynical pessimist to becoming an optimist, tearing down established neural patterns to form the ones that fit the life." "I have now -I would say it's largely due to doing my pranayama and meditation every day. These two books have been invaluable and have held on to them for over a decade. Yoga every damn day Yoga day." Twinkle shared that she follows the principles of yoga and continued, "P.S I don't follow any Guru-just the principles of Yoga. Corruption is like rust, eventually creeps over even ironclad wills, which is why a book over a person perhaps :)"
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari led an event in Nagpur with several thousands doing various yoga exercises with him.Thousands of Indian Navy sailors, staffers and their families performed yoga in the naval base here and onboard the INS Viraat.
Many Mumbaikars turned up for the 'Yoga by the Bay' event in south Mumbai along the picturesque Marine Drive and performed exercises in the backdrop of the Arabian Sea. Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty-Kundra also guided a yoga event in Mumbai and said it was the secret behind her youthfulness and good health always.
Yoga camps were held in schools, college, public grounds, halls and auditoria, various government departments, the police forces in each city and district, the Western Railway, Central Railway, Konkan Railway and other private and public institutions.
The Nehru Science Centre organized an 'Iyengar Yogashraya' comprising yoga camps, exhibition and film screenings, besides a Wellness Fest at the CIDCI Bhavan in Navi Mumbai.