The date is set. On June 21, India’s yoga capital, Mysuru (Mysore) will attempt to create a Guinness World Record of the largest gathering of people performing yoga at one venue. More than 60,000 people are expected to be here. By Pallavi Mehra
Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recommended that June 21 be declared World Yoga Day because it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the people of Mysuru will attempt to create the longest yoga chain and break the current Guinness World Record in the same category that saw a footfall of 35,985 in Janpath, New Delhi in 2015.
For the event, the Mysore Race Course near the Chamundi Hills has been prepared and blocked out, traffic diverted: the city has gone all out to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The gates to the Race Course will be open as early as 5am to allow access to the participants. Over 60,000 people are expected, including students, yoga teachers, yoga enthusiasts, and volunteers.
The event has been well planned, with breakfast and water arranged for all participants. To avoid traffic jams, there are designated parking areas for the participants coming in their private cars. How cool is that?
Here is What’s Going To Happen
For the attempt to be considered for the Guinness World Record, all participants have been instructed to wear white t-shirts and carry a yoga mat, bedspread or towel. Every participant will be given a bar coded ticket when they enter the venue which will then be scanned and collected to accurately count the number of attendees.
The rehearsal of the event on June 18th had a turnout of more than 25,000 people and the authorities expect an easy 60K turnout tomorrow as more people had registered in the last couple of days. We wish the people of Mysuru luck in creating this Guinness World Record!