International Yoga Day event at Rajpath likely to make an entry in Guinness Book

New Delhi: Terming the participation of thousands of people during the first International Yoga Day at Rajpath as "overwhelming", a representative of Guinness Book of World Records hoped that the event will set a world record.

The mega event witnessed participation of more than 35,000 people including school children, NCC cadets, army personnel and officials.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) participates in a mass yoga session along with other Indian yoga practitioners to mark the International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) participates in a mass yoga session along with other Indian yoga practitioners to mark the International Yoga Day on Rajpath in New Delhi. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH

The Ministry of AYUSH, the coordinating ministry, had set sights on registering the event in Guinness Book of World Records for "largest yoga demonstration or class at a single venue and largest number of people of various nationalities performing yoga at one place".

The representative said various parameters like tickets and video recordings would be reviewed before finalizing whether the event made it to the world records.

A senior AYUSH Ministry official said although the target was 35,000, the Ministry had provided about 37,000 mats for the event and all were occupied.

"I was told by an official that there were more participants who were lined up for the event but could not do so," the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with officials of various ministries also practised yoga 'asanas' during the event at Rajpath.

Celebrations were today held in the national capital after the United Nations had in December declared June 21 as International Yoga Day, with 177 countries voting in favour of the resolution.

The proposal had been mooted by the Prime Minister during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September last year.

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