New Delhi, June 22: The Ministry of AYUSH has been awarded with two Guinness World Records in two different categories on the first International Day of Yoga.
Category 1 was for the largest number of participants in a yoga lesson at single venue. The earlier record was of 29,973. To beat that record a target of 30,000 was required. The Ministry broke that record as 35,985 participants performed Yoga at Rajpath on Sunday.
Category 2 was most number of nationalists in a yoga lesson. To achieve this at least participants from 50 countries were required to perform. But today participants from 84 countries performed Yoga at Rajpath.
Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State, Independent Charge, Ministry of AYUSH and Secretary AYUSH received the awards which were presented by the representatives of Guinness World RecordsVictoria from UK and Marco Frigatti from Italy.
Speaking on the occasion the Minister expressed his gratitude towards the officials of the Ministry for making the programme of Rajpath a great success and efforts made towards achieving two world records.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi, who inaugurated the International Yoga Day celebrations in Delhi, dubbed the event as the beginning of a new era of peace and goodwill, thanking all those who have contributed to the development of the great discipline.
Dressed in all-white and a tricolour scarf, the Prime Minister performed a variety of poses, including the Vajrasan and Padmasan, at the Rajpath where an estimated 40,000 people participated in the celebrations.
Nearly 2,000 digital cinema screens were set up across Rajpath for the people to witness the live streaming of the performance of yoga asanas.
(With Agency Inputs)