Gujarat’s Triumph: A Guinness World Record for Surya Namaskar

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Gujarat’s Triumph: A Guinness World Record for Surya Namaskar


On January 1, 2024, the state of Gujarat etched its name into the Guinness Book of World Records by hosting a remarkable event that showcased the widespread practice of Surya Namaskar, a foundational yoga sequence. The achievement stands as a testament to Gujarat’s dedication to promoting health, well-being, and cultural heritage.

The Record-Breaking Event

At the majestic Modhera Sun Temple, over 4,000 participants from diverse backgrounds gathered at 108 locations across the state to perform Surya Namaskar simultaneously. The event witnessed an unprecedented level of enthusiasm and participation, spanning across 51 different categories that included families, students, yoga enthusiasts, and senior citizens.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi graced the occasion with their presence, lending their support to this extraordinary feat.

Guinness World Records Adjudication

“I was here to verify the record for the most people doing Surya Namaskar. This is a new title because no one had attempted to break this record before. After going through all the evidence and seeing them perform here in Modhera… They have successfully set a new Guinness World Record title for most people doing Surya Namaskar.”

– Swapnil Dangarikar, Adjudicator at Guinness World Records

Cultural Significance and Benefits

The number 108 holds a profound significance within Indian culture, representing the 108 sacred texts of Hinduism. The event not only highlighted the cultural heritage of Gujarat but also emphasized the myriad benefits of Surya Namaskar, which include improved flexibility, reduced stress, and enhanced immune function.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address, lauded Gujarat’s achievement and urged citizens to incorporate Surya Namaskar into their daily routines to reap its numerous health benefits.

Gujarat’s Commitment

Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi expressed his pride in the state’s accomplishment, stating, “Today Gujarat has registered the first world record of the country and the world, where thousands of people have done yoga together at 108 places and in 51 variety of places.”

This record-breaking feat serves as a testament to Gujarat’s unwavering commitment to promoting wellness, preserving cultural traditions, and inspiring a healthier future for its citizens.

Author: John Smith

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