On International Yoga Day today, Yoga Guru Ramdev led the celebrations in Rajasthan's Kota with an aim to create a Guinness World Record with the largest number of people performing yoga together.
Around 1.05 lakh (still counting) people performed Yoga together in Kota to create a Guinness World Record on the fourth edition of International Yoga Day on Thursday.
While the record was created at 1.05 lakh and the counting of participants was still going on as it was estimated that nearly 2 lakh people were present for the mass yoga camp. The numbers were counted through set standard and drone cameras. A total of 4, 500 inspectors were deputed to keep a close eye over the Yoga performance
The previous record was that of 55, 524 people performing yoga in Mysore in 2017.
Executive officers in India on behalf of the Guinness Book of World Record -- Swapneel and Ribika from London -- presented the certificate of world record to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Ramdev.
While addressing the media, the yoga guru said, "A certificate has already been issued to us for making a record of more than 1.05 lakh people performing yoga together. More people are joining and the counting is still underway. More than 100 world records were recorded today in different sections based on surya namaskar, push-ups, etc. It's a proud moment for us."
Along with Ramdev, Managing Director of Patanjali Ayurved Limited and co-founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth, Acharya Balkrishna and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia performed yoga at the venue.
2 Lac+ Yogis have gathered in Kota to practice Yog on #InternationalDayofYoga2018. Yog is the best way for the students to de-stress themselves. Thousands of students, have joined #YogainKota, the education capital of Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/g9cr9tbA4J- Swami Ramdev (@yogrishiramdev) June 21, 2018
The yog camp started at 5 am and 15 yoga exercises of protocol for world record were performed from 6.30 am to 7 am.
The participants performed 15 yoga exercise in the protocol for half an hour. 15 protocol yoga exercises included five kinds of Pranayam and yoga positions.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar and Suresh Prabhu also performed yoga at different locations across the nation.
The first International Day of Yoga was observed all across the world on June 21, 2015, where more than 30,000 people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, performed yoga asanas (postures) at Rajpath in New Delhi.
The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by Prime Minister Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014.
(With Inputs From PTI, ANI)
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