participants, 84 nationalities: Yoga Day event at Rajpath
sets 2 Guinness records
Delhi: India on Sunday set two new Guinness World Records
for Yoga with 35,985 participants performing asanas at one
venue and as many as 84 nationalities joining in the official
observation of International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi.
is a matter of pride for India that we have broken two records
on one day. First, 35,985 participants performed asanas at
a single venue (Rajpath) and 84 nationalities participated
in the event," said Minister of AYUSH,
said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated all
for the record and the successful conduct of the event.
Rajpath event set two new Guinness World Records on the first
International Day of Yoga.
One was for the largest number of participants in a Yoga Lesson
at single venue.
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.
second record) was for the most number of nationalities at
a Yoga Lesson, a category introduced for the first time for
an yoga event.
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.
was an astounding achievement, a very rare one," Frigatti
and Young was the official process adviser and validator for
the International Day of Yoga.
(EY) used a three-layered approach to not only count the number
of participants but also check the number of performers at
the venue. In addition, they had put in place a robust process
to count the number of unique nationalities participating
in the event.
the process, they found 105 persons attending the event but
not performing yoga," said a senior AYUSH Ministry official.
Prime Minister, along with officials of various ministries,
schoolchildren, NCC cadets, Army personnel and officials performed
yoga asanas at the mega event on Rajpath.
were held in the national capital after the United Nations
had in December declared 21 June as International Yoga Day,
with 177 countries voting in favour of the resolution.
proposal had been mooted by the Prime Minister during his
first address to the UN General Assembly in September last