On 17 December 2007, Michael
Whitty, official world record adjudicator and member of the
management committee of Guinness World Records travelled especially
to India to present two new world records to His Holiness
Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan
Sanstha, an international socio-spiritual organisation affiliated
with the United Nations.
The Guinness World Records Book is the biggest selling copyright
book in history, with more than 100 million books sold around
the world in more than 25 languages. This is the first time,
though, that a senior member of the Guinness World Records
management committee has personally travelled to India to
present a World Record certificate. The presentation came
on the occasion of His Holiness’ 87th birthday being
celebrated as the culmination of the four-day BAPS Centenary
Celebrations in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The following world records were presented
by Michael Whitty to His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj:
Most Hindu Mandirs Consecrated by a Single
His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, internationally revered
spiritual leader and head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha,
has created and consecrated, in accordance with Hindu rituals,
a world record 713 mandirs (temples) in five continents between
April 1971 and November 2007. Amongst these, the majestic,
ornately hand-carved Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi
stands apart as the largest temple in the world.
World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu
BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, India, is the world's
largest comprehensive Hindu temple. It measures 356 ft. long,
316 ft. wide and 141 ft. high, covering an area of 86,342
sq. ft. The grand, ancient-style, ornately hand-carved stone
temple has been built without structural steel within five
years by 11,000 artisans and volunteers. His Holiness Pramukh
Swami Maharaj, revered spiritual leader of BAPS, consecrated
the temple on 6 November 2005.
for the adjudicator’s official report of his visit to
Akshardham and meeting with Pramukh Swami Maharaj at Ahmedabad.
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