Pink Pages of Guinness

Every year, November 8 is observed as Guinness World Record Day. People across the globe celebrate this day by attempting to break a world record! Since making or breaking a record is not an easy task, First India uses this opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of some of the World record-holders from the Pink City, Jaipur.

History of Guinness World Record Day

In 1951, an argument broke out between Sir Hugh Beaver and his fellow hunting mates in North Slob in County Wexford, Ireland. The argument was about which bird was the fastest game bird in Europe!

While we now know that the fastest game bird is the plover, it cast light on an issue about available reference books. None of them compared flight speeds of various birds, something we can’t imagine he was terribly surprised by. This was something that Sir Hugh was determined to change, and change it he did.

He got together with Norris and Ross McWhirter to create the first-ever compilation of record, well, everything they could get their hands on. So it was that the first 1000 copies of the Guinness Book of Records were printed in 1954.

The book was hugely successful, and thus the legacy that is the Guinness Book of World Records was born and has continued to be reprinted every year, ever since. Guinness World Record Day was established to give people a day to focus on challenging existing records or putting forth a new record to be put into the books. That latter is for the truly ambitious, but it’s entirely possible!

Satsang Bhavan at Govind Devji Temple

Temple with a marvellous feat of architecture, the Satsang Bhavan at Govind Devji Temple holds the record for the world’s widest RCC flat roof construction with a single span of 119 feet. The hall was opened in July 2009, the same year when it entered the Guinness Book of World Record.

The construction work of the roof started on July 7, 2007 and to the structural architectural marvel took its shape on July 25, 2009, just after 383 days of the beginning, it was dedicated to the public in a spiritual ceremony in the campus under the roof of this World Record!

The structure cost Rs 30 million. The flat roof is made of a grid slab (RCC roof constructed using a criss-cross square grid of deep ribs). The roof sizing 36 meters x 38 meters is resting on four peripheral beams. The outer beams, in turn, rest on eight columns on the outer periphery, four at the corners and four in the middle of each side. Being the pillars at distance from each other, to minimize the deflection (the sagging of the roof) and to bring it into permissible limits, the thickness of the slab was increased to 200 mm. The equipment and technology used in making flyovers and bridges were put to work for this construction. The post-tensioning technology, latest in building construction has been used. It took 36 hours to lay its roof; 90 trucks had to enter the site during this period. 290 tons of steel has been consumed and 2000 cubic meters of concrete has been used.  The hall is 119 feet long and 124 feet wide with a 12-meter deep foundation. The height is 24 feet from the ground. The roof area is 15827 square feet.

Ram Singh Chauhan

Jaipur-based Ram Singh Chauhan is the proud owner of the longest moustache in the world and a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Chauhan inched his way to a hair-raising record as the owner of the world’s longest moustache according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He is the proud owner of the world’s longest moustache – at an astonishing 14 feet long.

Chauhan says his whiskers are his ‘most prized possession’ and he has spent more than 32 years cultivating the moustache, which he spends two hours a day grooming.

Chauhan’s facial fur had even landed him a part in the James Bond movie ‘Octopussy’, talking about the same in an interview earlier, he said: “Growing a moustache is like taking care of a baby – you really need to nurture it. It has taken me a long, long time to get it to 14 feet. It’s not been an easy task.” Chauhan started growing his moustache during his late teens. “I haven’t used a shaving blade on my moustache, or trimmed them since 1970,” he added. Chauhan’s moustache isn’t just about vanity. His hairy profile earned him a job for the Rajasthan tourism department for over 30 years. As part of his duties, he would show off the moustache at tourist destinations.

Amit Pabuwal

A silver trophy, that can be described as a piece of art, studded with gemstones, made by Jaipur-based artists Amit Pabuwal and wife Kiran Pabuwal has been acknowledged as the largest in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. The trophy, known as ‘Jain Gaurav’, was recognised by the Limca Book of Records earlier. The certificate they received from the Guinness Book of World Records body reads, “The largest silver trophy Trilok Rachna measures the world record 3-429m tall and 91.44 cm wide at its broadest point designed and constructed by Amit Pabuwal for the religious organisation All India Digambar Jain Samaj in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.” In an interview with agencies, Pabuwal said, “This trophy took us over three years to get it into this form. In this trophy, over 93 kg of silver and more than 20,000 carats of precious and semi-precious stones have been used,” he added. He said the trophy has been gold plated with 24-carat gold. The gems used include diamonds, emeralds, pearls and rubies.”

“Through this trophy, the 3D form of Trilok Rachna, the three spheres of creation – heaven, earth and hell – of Jain religion has been created for the first time in the history,” he added.

The Trilok Rachna is in the centre of the trophy and is adorned with three domes at the top, a lotus and two plate-like structures at the bottom.

Shobhit Tiwari

On July 26, 2015, Jaipur-based photographer and lightpainter Shobhit Tiwari and his team of five others gathered in a small city of Ambala with the sole aim to break the only lightpainting record registered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Six months of planning, fidgeting with tools and a failed attempt set the stakes higher for the second attempt, but their team with its indomitable spirit broke the record in the trial run itself with just 3 minutes of exposure. Time tested them repeatedly when there were rains, bad weather conditions, damaged tools but this all did not dampen their spirits. The team checked and re-checked their equipment, the exposure settings and achieved the final number of 900 light orbs in a single photographic image with f/16, ISO 100, bulb mode, and an exposure of 830 seconds thus beating the previous record of 200 light orbs by a huge number. “We feel that a lot needs to be done in the field of lightpainting as it is very less explored. The record makes us proud and we are determined to set yet another record soon. We conduct workshops and meetups to make people aware of lightpainting and the opportunities it offers. This has made an impact and we are a group of proud 150 members, adding more each day,” says Tiwari.