Gujarat's Record-Breaking Surya Namaskar: A Step Towards Health and Unity on January 1, 2024

On January 1, 2024, Gujarat broke the record for the largest Surya Namaskar session, promoting health and unity with over 1 million participants coming together for the event.

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As the sunrise of January 1, 2024, painted the sky in hues of pink and orange, it witnessed a historic event in the state of Gujarat – a record-breaking Surya Namaskar. People from all walks of life, irrespective of their age, gender, and religion, came together to perform 108 rounds of this ancient yogic practice, simultaneously at multiple locations across the state. This grand and unprecedented event not only broke a world record but also served as a symbol of unity and a step towards improved health and well-being of the people.


Surya Namaskar, also known as Sun Salutation, is a series of 12 yoga postures, traditionally practiced facing the rising sun, with each posture representing a different aspect of the sun’s energy. This practice is believed to have a multitude of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits, making it an integral part of the Indian culture.

The idea of organizing a mass Surya Namaskar event in Gujarat was conceived by the state’s Chief Minister, Mr. Vijay Rupani, with the vision of promoting health and wellness among the people. Under his guidance, the state government worked tirelessly to make this event a grand success. Various yoga institutions and organizations were brought together to spread awareness and prepare people for this historic event. An expert team of yoga instructors was also appointed to guide and train the participants.

On the morning of January 1, 2024, hundreds of thousands of people gathered at designated locations, including schools, colleges, community centers, and public parks, to perform Surya Namaskar. The energy and enthusiasm in the air were palpable as people of all ages, from children to senior citizens, came together with a sole purpose – to break the existing record of the largest Surya Namaskar chain. And break it they did, with a staggering number of over 3 million people performing 108 rounds of Surya Namaskar in perfect unison, as certified by the Guinness World Records.


The benefits of Surya Namaskar are well-documented and have been scientifically proven. Regular practice of this ancient sequence helps improve flexibility, strength, and stamina, while also providing numerous mental health benefits such as reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. It is also known to improve digestion, boost respiratory health, and regulate hormone levels, among other things. The mass Surya Namaskar event in Gujarat not only created awareness about these benefits but also showed the power of coming together and practicing yoga as a community.

Apart from promoting health, the event also served as a symbol of unity and harmony. In a diverse country like India, where communal tension and conflicts often make headlines, the coming together of people from different backgrounds to perform Surya Namaskar was a message of oneness and brotherhood. This event transcended all boundaries and brought people together in a common quest for better health and improved well-being.

Moreover, the success of this event has put Gujarat on the global map as a hub of yoga and wellness tourism. The state’s beautiful natural landscapes, coupled with its rich cultural heritage and its commitment to promoting yoga, make it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a holistic experience.


In conclusion, the record-breaking Surya Namaskar event in Gujarat on January 1, 2024, was not just a feat of breaking a world record, but it was a step towards promoting the practice of yoga and creating a healthier and more united society. It stands as a testament to the power of yoga to bring people together and create a positive impact on their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. It is a shining example of what can be achieved when a state and its people come together with a common goal and a shared sense of purpose.

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