Mysuru, June 21:- Around 60,000 people participated with great zeal at the mass yoga demonstration held to mark the 4th International Yoga Day in the city on Thursday.
Thousands of participants turned, bent and twisted their body showcasing their Yoga skills at the Yoga event held at the Mysore Race Course premises in the city. The heritage city of Mysuru which created a Guinness record in 2017 for the largest yoga lesson with 55,506 participants aimed to retain its record by holding a similar yoga session today.
Early counting by the District Administration revealed that more than 60 thousand people participated in the mega yoga event in an attempt to retain the record.
People including scores of students from various schools, colleges and educational institutions, members of various NGOs and the general public started gathering at the Mysore Race Course premises from early as 5:00 in the morning while the yoga session was scheduled from 6 am to 8 am.
Custodian of Mysuru royal family Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Mysuru-Kodagu Lok Sabha member Pratap Simha, Tourism and Sericulture Minister Sa Ra Mahesh, MLAs L Nagendra, S A Ramadas, Suttur Mutt Junior Pontiff Jayarajendra Swamiji, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana and others were present at the yoga session organised by the Mysuru District Administration in association with the Department of Tourism, AYUSH, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Mysuru Yoga Networking Organisation, NSS, Regional Transport Department, Mysuru Travels’ Association and Hotel Owners’ Association.
About 71 acres of the total 139 acres of MRC premises was utilised for the event and nearly 70 blocks were created to accommodate the yoga practitioners. A volunteer and a guide were assigned for each block to instruct the participants. Hundreds of foreigners practicing Yoga in the city extended their full support to the event and participated enthusiastically in the mega yoga session.
KOTA BREAKS MYSURU’S RECORD
To mark the International Yoga Day, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev set a new world record for having the largest number of people practicing yoga at the same time at the same venue for a duration of 90 minutes at Kota in Rajasthan state.
According to reports, more than 2 lakh people had participated in the yoga session held at Kota which saw participation from Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and others.
The officials from the Guinness book of Record who witnessed the event are said to have announced that more than 1 lakh participants have taken part in the event which indicates that the Mysuru’s earlier record of 55,000 has been broken and a new record has been made by the people of Kota.