The previous record was set in Delhi on June 21, 2015, when 35,985 people performed yoga at Rajpath with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since then, the popularity of yoga is increasing across the world rapidly.
"It is not important to perform yoga for 24 hours". Besides the Prime Minister, Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma and Minister of State for Ayush (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik performed yoga at the venue.
He said that today, Yoga has become a part of many people's lives.
The Prime Minister said yoga has cut across linguistic and cultural barriers to unite various regions of the world - just like it links the mind, body and soul. Even as an enthusiastic crowd chanted "Modi Modi" and "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", he shrugged off his security cordon to join the students assembled in the main arena.
"Many countries which do not know our language, tradition, or culture, are now connecting to India through Yoga".
"Though India was trying hard to make yoga popular across the globe since 2011, we got success after the United Nations accepted Modiji's proposal in 2014 and declared June 21 as the World Yoga Day". Lectures and competitions were also organized to highlight the importance of yoga among kids. "If 1.25 billion Indians and people across the world attain this state of well-being, humankind will be able to tide over problems borne out of human thoughts", he said.
"The speciality of yoga is keeping the mind stable.it teaches the art of living with a healthy mind amidst the ups and downs of life", said Modi, visibly happy with the heavy turnout at the sprawling Rambai Ambedkar Maidan despite the inclement weather since early morning.
Yoga was universally acknowledged as the best treatment for all diseases, and if practiced regularly it eradicated stress and kept the body, mind and intellect fit, he said after participating in celebrations marking the International Day of Yoga here.