"It is a matter of pride for India that we have broken two records on one day. First, 35,985 participants performed asanas at a single venue (Rajpath) and 84 nationalities participated in the event," said Minister of AYUSH, Shripad Naik.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated all for the record and the successful conduct of the event.

The Rajpath event set two new Guinness World Records on the first International Day of Yoga.

"Category One was for the largest number of participants in a Yoga Lesson at single venue. The earlier record was set on November 19, 2005, when 29,973 students from 362 schools had performed a sequence of 'yogic kriyas' for surya namaskar simultaneously for 18 minutes led by Vivekananda Kendra at Jiwaji University, Gwalior," said Marco Frigatti, global head of record verification at Guinness World Records.

"(The second record) was for the most number of nationalities at a Yoga Lesson, a category introduced for the first time for an yoga event,” Frigatti said.

"The minimum criteria set for any yoga event to enter the record books was participation of at least 50 nationalities and today 84 nationalities performed Yoga at Rajpath. It was an astounding achievement, a very rare one," Frigatti added.

Ernst and Young was the official process adviser and validator for the International Day of Yoga.

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