Millions of enthusiastic people performed yoga across the globe on the Third International Yoga Day today. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the yogic exercises in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, his ministerial colleagues and leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined chief ministers and state-level leaders and officials in all state capitals, districts and villages.
The 195 Indian diplomatic missions organized yoga events at sprawling venues in world capitals. Leaders of respective countries and enthusiastic practitioners of yoga, the ancient Indian form of physical exercise, joined the events organized by Indian missions. In Colombo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and his colleagues joined Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Sandhu at an event organized a few days ago.
Nearly three hundred thousand people, led by popular yoga guru Ramdev, turned up at GMDC ground in Ahmedabad in India’s Gujarat state on the International Yoga Day on Wednesday to perform various yogic asanas or postures. Ramdev claimed it is a world record.
Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, several other political leaders, senior civil servants, high court judges and dignitaries were also present at the venue.
The third edition of the International Yoga Day was held under the guidance of Ramdev, who made the participants stretch their muscles in various yogic postures amid the early morning drizzle at the ground.
Religious leaders of different faiths were specially invited by the state government as well as Ramdev’s Patanjali Vidyapeeth to watch the mega-event.
After the one-and-a-half hour long session, Ramdev claimed that the event has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records with so many people performing yoga at one place.
The previous record was made in New Delhi on June 21, 2015, when 35,985 people did yoga at Rajpath with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Today is the most important day for me, as more than 3,00,000 people performed yoga at one place to set a new world record. We have broken the previous world record, which was set in the presence of our Prime Minister, by a huge margin,” Ramdev told reporters after the event.