Mumbai/Nagpur, June 21: Braving rains, Maharashtra observed International Yoga Day with hundreds of events in which senior citizens, youth, celebrities, students and commoners took party enthusiastically on Sunday.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis led the main event of over 21,000 people assembled at the Yeshwant Stadium in his home town Nagpur. [Live Updates: International Yoga Day]
BJP state President Raosaheb Danve and others took part in a major event Yoga by the Bay, coordinated by state spokesperson Shaina N.C. and others at Marine Drive in south Mumbai.
Several hundreds of participants carried their mats and performed Yoga, as they were showed with rains and salty spray from the Arabian Sea.
Employees in various public and private offices, schools and colleges also invited their staffers or students to come and perform Yoga for health and spiritual benefits.
Big and small Yoga training institutions celebrated the day with their members and other participants of all age groups.
Similar events were held in several jails in the state, including Nagpur Central Jail where Fadnavis visited and exhorted the inmates to adopt Yoga.
This is time the event is being celebrated globally after the UN declared June 21 as International Yoga Day.