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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Leads UN Yoga Day Celebration, Setting Guinness World Record

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Leads UN Yoga Day Celebration, Setting Guinness World Record
22 Jun 2023
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sets Guinness World Record at UN Yoga Day Celebration

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi led the 9th International Yoga Day celebrations at the United Nations headquarters in New York, creating history by establishing a new Guinness World Record for the active participation of individuals from a diverse range of nationalities.

The event, which attracted widespread attention and acclaim, saw Prime Minister Modi addressing an enthusiastic crowd representing over 135 nations.

Prime Minister Modi's Address and Guinness World Records Confirmation

During his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his delight and gratitude, stating, "I'm delighted to see you all. And I thank you all for coming. Friends, I'm told that almost every nationality is represented here today." His words echoed the remarkable diversity and global appeal of Yoga as a unifying practice.

The Guinness World Records official adjudicator, Mr. Michael Empric, confirmed the achievement, stating, "Today there was a Guinness World Records title attempt for most nationalities in a Yoga lesson. The mark was 140 nationalities. Today in New York, at the UN, they have 135. It is a new Guinness World Records title." The recognition of this milestone further solidified the significance of the event and highlighted the inclusive nature of Yoga.

Universal and Timeless Nature of Yoga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the adaptability and universality of Yoga, stating, "Yoga is adaptable to your age, gender, and fitness level. Yoga is portable and is truly universal. Yoga is free from copyright, from patents, and from royalty payments."

His words underscored the accessibility and freedom that Yoga offers to individuals worldwide, reinforcing its role as a practice open to all.

Esteemed Guests and Dignitaries in Attendance

The International Yoga Day celebration witnessed the presence of numerous distinguished personalities. Hollywood actor Mr. Richard Gere, known for his advocacy of spiritual practices, graced the event with his esteemed presence. Additionally, UN General Assembly President Mr. Csaba Korisi and UN Deputy Secretary General Ms. Amina Mohammed were also in attendance, demonstrating the global recognition and support for the power of Yoga.

India's Remarkable Yoga Day Records

In India, the enthusiasm for Yoga Day was equally evident, as a record-breaking gathering took place in Surat, Gujarat. Officials confirmed that 1.53 lakh (153,000) individuals participated in a single Yoga session, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering for a yoga session at one location. This achievement surpassed the previous record set in 2018 when 100,984 individuals assembled in Rajasthan's Kota for a Yoga Day session.

Prime Minister Modi's Visit to the United States

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his sixth visit to the United States and his first official visit, arrived on June 20th, 2023. His visit includes crucial meetings with US officials, members of Congress, American CEOs, and engagement with the Indian American community. This visit signifies the growing importance of India-US relations and showcases the Prime Minister's commitment to strengthening bilateral ties.

By leading the record-breaking UN Yoga Day celebration and promoting the universal appeal of Yoga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to champion the practice's physical, mental, and spiritual benefits on the global stage.

The achievements at the United Nations and in Surat exemplify the profound impact of Yoga in fostering unity, well-being, and cultural exchange.