Many Delhiites may not wake up to watch the mega yoga show at Rajpath that starts at 6.40am, but 1,500 odd representatives from the Guinness World Records will watch every step and every participant to decide if the spectacle has led to a new world record.
The cost for the Guinness count is pegged at Rs 2 lakhs. “We applied online but gave additional fees to expedite the processing of our applications,” said an Ayush official. Guinness will use local people to count and arrive at the number of participants. Results of the event will be out in a few weeks. Ayush officials have made arrangements for 37,161 participants even though the target is 35,000.
“They (Guinness observers) are strict. We can’t take chances,” said a senior official. The event will also see yoga gurus, Ramdev, HR Nagendra, Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra and Swami Atmapriyananda, share the dais with PM Narendra Modi — to represent the pan-Indian presence of yoga.