Close to 36,000 participants performed Yoga at Rajpath on the occasion of International Yoga day on Sunday. Nationals from as many as 84 countries participated in the event in the capital.
“It is a matter of pride for India that we have broken two records in one day. First, 35,985 participants performed asanas at a single venue (Rajpath) and 84 nationalities participated in the event,” said Minister of AYUSH, Shripad Naik.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated all for creating two new Guinness world records on the first International Day of Yoga.
The Rajpath event broke an earlier record that was held by a university in Gwalior in 2005.
“The earlier record was set on November 19, 2005, when 29,973 students from 362 schools had performed a sequence of ‘yogic kriyas’ for Surya Namaskar simultaneously for 18 minutes led by Vivekananda Kendra at Jiwaji University, Gwalior,” said Marco Frigatti, global head of record verification at Guinness World Records.
The category for the second record was introduced for the first time for a Yoga event and Frigatti called this record “an astounding and rare achievement.”
“(The second record) was for the most number of nationalities at a Yoga Lesson, a category introduced for the first time for a Yoga event. The minimum criteria set for any Yoga event to enter the record books was participation of at least 50 nationalities and today 84 nationalities performed Yoga at Rajpath,”explained Frigatti.
First International Yoga Day was celebrated with much enthusiasm all over the world. In India, PM Modi led the way.
Addressing the event on Sunday morning, Modi said, “For most of the people, yoga is just a physical exercise. This is the biggest mistake. Had this been the case, children working in circuses could have been called ‘yogis’. Hence yoga is not only about making the body flexible. We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace – Sadbhavana,” Modi explained.