Records can be unbelievable, especially when on the Guinness World Records. After all, it is the world’s best and highest.
Not many people know that the city of Kolkata has at least seven world records to its name. Not only a name on Guinness World Records makes one feel proud, but also makes the world more interesting.
Here are those records which have been made from Kolkata –
#1 Largest attendance at a cricket Test match
In February 1999 during a Test match between India and Pakistan, the crowd in Eden Gardens was an unbelievable 4, 65,000 people across the five days. The capacity of Eden Gardens is officially for 66,000 people and on 20 February itself, more than 1, 00,000 people entered the stadium making it the most attended cricket match in the history of world cricket.
#2 Greatest distance with a football on the head
On January 1 2016, Manoj Mishra created the Guinness world record in Kolkata by covering the greatest distance with a football balanced on his head. He travelled 49.17 km in 11 hours.
#3 Most nationalities in one choir
The City of Joy holds the proud record of having the most number of nationalities singing in one choir. On 13 August 2015, a choir organized by ISKCON had people from 105 countries together.
#4 Most people wearing paper hats
To help underprivileged children, a gathering was made in Eden Gardens on 30 September 2016. 3,932 people wore paper hats there, creating a world record.
#5 Maximum Gandhi lookalikes
A march was prepared by TRACKS charitable organization in which kids dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi. 485 children participated in this walk making it the biggest Gandhi lookalike gathering.
#6 Greatest average run daily
How much do you walk every morning?
Kolkata’s Tirtha Kumar Phani runs an average of 61.87 km everyday! He broke his own Guinness world record on 29 June 2007 with an average yearly run of 22,581.09 km.
Salute to this super-run-man!
#7 Tallest papaya tree in the world
On an average a papaya tree grows to 10 -12 feet in height. But the papaya tree in the premises of Jhantu Paul is wildly beyond – it is 14.07m (46.16 ft) tall! It was measured on 22 January 2017 and perhaps is still standing tall and proud.
Credits: guinnessworldrecords.com, MyGuestHouse, SFGate, The Weekend Leader