Yoga Day In Delhi Breaks Two World Records, To Enter Guinness Book Next Year

Yoga Day In Delhi Breaks Two World Records, To Enter Guinness Book Next Year
Niki, the umbrella dancer in India. Dennis Yang / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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Thousands across the world bent it like Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. With 35,985 persons practicing asanas at Rajpath and 84 nationalities taking part in it.


“It is a matter of pride for India that we have broken two records on one day,” Minister of AYUSH Shripad Naik told reporters, citing the figures.

The abovementioned numbers broke two world records, but it will have to wait a year for its official entrance in the Guinness Book of World Records.

“The deadline for this year’s book has passed so the record won’t appear on the book until September 2016 at the earliest. We receive 40,000 record applications per year and our editorial team decides which 3,800 records appear in the book based on a number of factors,” Doug Male, the Guinness World Records public relations manager said, according to the Hindustan Times.

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The United Nations had earlier declared December June 21 as International Yoga Day. 177 countries voted in favor of the resolution.

The event was led by no-other than by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, an avid practitioner of yoga for a long time early in the morning.

From Rafi Marg near Vijay Chowk, to India Gate, the entire 2km stretch was lined with blue and red mats over green carpet. People of all ages performed various yoga exercises. The earlier record was set on November 19, 2005. That time, 29,973 students from 362 schools had performed yogic kriyas sequences simultaneously for 18 minutes at Gwalior.

Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik received the awards from the two representative of Guinness World Records – Victoria from Britain and Marco Frigatti from Italy.