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India sets 2 new Guinness world records on 1st International Yoga day

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The first International Yoga Day was celebrated with much publicity across the world while, India set two Guinness world records in a day recording the highest number of people  and nationalities participating in a mega yoga event at Rajpath in Delhi .

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Image source: Indian Express

The Rajpath yoga event which saw the presence of  Prime Minister performing yoga asanas  along with 35,985 other participants broke the record of the largest yoga class. The previous record was of  29,973 students from 362 schools who  participated at a yoga event held at Gwalior’s Jiwaji University  on November 19, 2005.

The second record set at Rajpath at the mega yoga event was of the largest number of nationalities participating in the event. India saw the presence of volunteers and invitees from 84 different nationalities making it hit the Guinness Book of World records.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ s tweet on June 20

Diplomats from 152 foreign countries were present as Prime Minister Modi  addressed the gathering at the event which started at 7 A.M on Sunday.

The yoga session lead by PM Modi was audited by Ernst and Young while a two member from London was present on behalf of the  Guinness World Records  in Delhi to oversee the arrangements at  the mega yoga event at Rajpath. The whole yoga event was organized by the Ministry of Ayush.

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Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’ s tweet

The declaration of 21st June as International Day was decided after PM  Modi pitched a proposal during his speech addressed at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2014. He selected 21st June as the day of yoga as it is the longest day of the year and has various special significance across the world.

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