India! The country with amazing diversity and wonders has many champions. All these are real facts and real records. Most of them are certified by authentic record books like Guiness Book of Records & Limca Book of Records. I am trying to tabulate as many as I can. Please help me in my efforts by adding more facts and records.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Towards their World Record Breaking Stunt
The most people on one moving motorcycle is 56 and was achieved by the Indian Army Corps of Signals 'Daredevils' Display Team (all India) at Dumna Airport, Jabalpur, India, on 28 December 2013.

Army Signal Corps Badge
Army Signal Corps Badge
The men rode a single 500 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle a distance of 1,100 metres. The motorcycle was modified, as permitted, with a structure around the edge to carry all the people, and no one touched the ground during the attempt, meaning no one was disqualified.

The Corps of Signals Motor Cycles Rider Display Team, popularly known as the “DARE DEVILS” has an illustrious history of performing breathtaking, scintillating and death defying stunts. The team has captured the hearts of spectators all over the world by performing in mega events like Republic Day Parade, Army Day Parade, Asiad, SAF and Afro Asian games. The team has a large number of World Records to its credit.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Langar Hall of Golden Templ
Langar Hall of Golden Temple
Night View of Golden Temple
Night View of Golden Temple

In Amritsar, India, the Sikh gather in a Golden Temple to serve an average of 100,000 meals every single day of the year in a kitchen that never closes. Not a single one of them will pay for the food they consume. Anyone can eat for free here, and many, many people do. On a weekday, about 80,000 come. On weekends, almost twice as many people visit. Each visitor gets a wholesome vegetarian meal, served by volunteers who embody India’s religious and ethnic mosaic.

The langar, or community kitchen, found in this temple is the largest free kitchen on the planet, serving literally tons of food from a sprawling complex of white marble and gold. With its crowds swelling to some 150,000 on holy days, this Sikh temple sees more daily traffic than the  India’s most popular tourist attraction, the Taj Mahal.

A meal of this scale is made possible by a cadre of volunteers and an astonishing amount of raw materials: 12,000 kilos of flour,  1,500 kilos of rice, 13,000 kilos of lentils, and up to 2,000 kilos of vegetables. While much of the work is done by hand, a mechanized oven and conveyor belt turn out 200,000 rotis on a daily basis. The langar, as it’s called, never closes—and even late at night, pilgrims will stop by for a meal.
Volunteers working in the Kitchen
Volunteers working in the Kitchen
The institution of the langar, or free kitchen, is believed to have been started by the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Ji in about 1481 but it was already popular in Chisti Sufis of the Indian subcontinent and it is said to have been started by Baba Farid. It was designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status, a revolutionary concept in the caste-ordered society of 16th-century India where Sikhism began. In addition to the ideals of equality, the tradition of langar expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all humankind.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Iconic still from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Poster collage of Hindi films
India produces the highest number of feature films in a year. The number is double that of the Hollywood productions.

India is the largest producer of films in the world and very old film industry in the world which originated around about 103 years ago. In 2009 India produced a total of 2,961 films on celluloid, that includes 1,288 feature films. In 2012, India produced a staggering figure of 1,602 feature films. Indian film industry reached overall revenues of $1.86 billion (INR 93 billion) in 2011. This is projected to rise to $3 billion (INR 150 billion) in 2016. India is the country that produces more films annually and has the largest number of admissions.

Indian film industry is multi-lingual and the largest in the world in terms of ticket sales and number of films produced and 5th largest in terms of revenue. Largest film industry in India is the Hindi film industry mostly concentrated in Mumbai, and is commonly referred to as "Bollywood", an amalgamation of Bombay, which produces around 20% of films in India. The other largest film industries are Telugu cinema, Tamil cinema, Malayalam cinema, Bangla cinema, and Kannada cinema, which are located in Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata and Bangalore are commonly referred to as "Tollywood"(Telugu), "Kollywood"(Tamil), "Mollywood"(Malayalam), "Tollywood"(Bangla) and "Sandalwood"(Kannada).

Indian cinema is viewed all over the Indian Subcontinent, and is increasingly popular in UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Gulf countries and European countries having large Indian population. Not surprising that Indian cinema found markets in over 90 countries.

Sunday, January 17, 2016


The largest Ruby weighs 21,955 g (48 lbs 6.43 oz) and measures 310 x 165 x 140 mm (12.20 x 6.49 x 5.51 in) owned by Rajiv Golcha (India) officially measured in Bangalore, India, on 3 June 2009. The ruby has been named "The King Ruby" and is held in the Prestige Gems & Jewels showroom in Bangalore, India. Guinness book has officially accredited it as the largest ruby in the world.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The Indian popular singer Asha Bhosle is acknowledged as the most recorded artist in music history. She is the sister of another famous playback singer Lata Mangeshkar.

Other than Indian languages, she has also sung in various foreign languages. Renowned for her voice range and often credited for her versatility, Bhosle's work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, traditional Indian classical music, folk songs, qawwalis, and Rabindra Sangeets. Apart from Hindi, she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages. In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs, a figure repeated by several other sources. In 2009, World Records Academy first recognized Asha Bhosle as the Most Recorded Artist.  In 2011, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history.

Asha Bhosle has won seven Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards of 18 nominations. She won her first two awards in 1967 and 1968. After receiving the award in 1979, Bhosle emulated her elder sister Lata Mangeskar and requested that her name not be considered for the nominations hereafter. Despite this, Bhosle is the most frequent winner of this award to date, tying with Alka Yagnik. She was later given a Special Award for Rangeela in 1996, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

Friday, January 15, 2016


Bamboo plantsBamboos are the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of the 45 genera of bamboo can grow 91 cm (3 ft) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 4 cm (1.5 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or one inch every 40 minutes).
Bamboo stem
The incredible growth rate of bamboo grows is one reason it is often used to make sustainable, eco-friendly products. Re-planting bamboo is fairly easy thanks to the swift growth rate of the plant. The spreading root structure allows one rootstock to produce several shoots, permitting horizontal growth.

Bamboo species are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia, from 50°N latitude in Sakhalin[11] through to Northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalayas. They also occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Americas from the USA mid-Atlantic states[14] south to Argentina and Chile, reaching their southernmost point at 47°S latitude. Continental Europe is not known to have any native species of bamboo.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


International Yoga DayYoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice Having its origin in India, Which Aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014

The largest yoga lesson involved 35,985 participants at an event organised by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India on the occasion of the first International Day of Yoga, on Rajpath, New Delhi, India, on 21 June 2015.

The event was organised on a 1.4 km segment of the iconic Rajpath in the centre of New Delhi and 32 LED screens were streaming the live images of four instructors on the main stage. The event was opened with a speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who later participated practising yoga for the duration of the lesson. The event included (roughly) 5,000 school children, 5,000 national cadet corps, 5,000 central army forces, 1,200 women police officers, 5,000 union ministers and similar, 5,000 diplomats and foreign nationals, 15,000 from yoga institutions. To ensure that all participants perform Yoga to the best of their abilities, the Monistry shared a video of exercises to participants 2 months before the event to practice. Earnst and Young validated the count using a barcoded ticketing system and a hierarchy of supervisors, zone capitains and 953 stewards scattered across the entire site.

In the words of Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, "By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Kullu folk danceOver 9,000 artistes performed a folk dance in Himachal Pradesh to highlight the "Save the Girl Child" message and the event created a world record of largest participation at one point of time, an official said on Tuesday. The performance by 9,892 folk dancers during the Kullu Dussehra celebrations on October 26 2015 in Kullu town has entered the pages of the Guinness World Records, Kullu deputy commissioner Rakesh Kanwar, the brain behind the event, told to newspersons on 11th January 2016.

"The folk dancers assembled at one venue, braving rain and cold, to create the new world record. About 8,500 dancers had participated in the mass folk dance event last year and this year the number of dancers has increased significantly and we have qualified inclusion in Guinness book of world records," the Deputy Commissioner said.

He said a communication in this regard was received from the Guinness World Records authorities on 11th January 2016. Kanwar said the Kullu Natti - as the folk dance is called - was the largest voluntary dance in the world. Dressed in traditional Himachali attire, the dancers performed on October 26 last year. Kanwar said the participants, this time both men and women, also took a pledge to work for the cause of the girl child. He said there was no prior category or world record related to the folk dance. The Guinness World Records office in London monitored the performance. Earlier in 2014, a total of 8,540 artists performed a folk dance also during the Kullu Dussehra festivities and entered the Limca Book of Records. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh lauded the efforts of the Kullu administration for conducting the mega cultural event. The chief minister said he himself witnessed the event organised under the aegis of 'Beti Hai Anmol' which effectively spread the mass awareness on saving the girl child. Himachal Pradesh has now been bracketed among the 10 states having the worst sex ratio in the country at 909 females to 1,000 males. The overall national sex ratio according to the 2011 Census is 940 females per 1,000 males.

The event lasted for about 90 minutes and folk dancers of various regions of Kullu valley performed. About 14,700 dancers had got their names registered for the event but due to bad weather many of them could not reach the venue.

The troupes of folk dancers had started arriving at Dhalpur Maidan from 7.30 AM and the sprawling ground turned colourful by 11.00 AM when the danced actually started and people enjoyed it for nearly 90 minutes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


An Indian schoolboy has smashed one of cricket’s oldest records, with the highest run total ever seen in an organised game.

Pranav Dhanawade, a 15-year-old student of KC Gandhi School, became the first ever batsman to reach 1000 runs, hitting the whopping total in just 323 balls. Dhanawade had reached the unbelievable score of 1009 not out in the Bhandari Trophy match against Arya Gurukul School in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Even then, the sheer numbers make for mind-boggling reading. Dhanawade, the son of an autorickshaw driver, faced just 323 deliveries. The relatively smaller dimensions of the ground — the straight boundary being the longest at 60 yards — perhaps contributed to the 129 fours and 59 sixes hit by Dhanawade, and the strike rate of 312.38. On two occasions, windows from a nearby building were smashed.

Just after Dhanawade surpassed the milestone late on the second day of the match, his side declared with an immense 1465 first innings total, with the 15-year-old finishing on 1009 not out.

The young cricket sensation’s innings included 59 sixes and 129 fours. The figures of the opposition bowlers made for nightmare reading.

Dhanawade surpassed the previous world record for an individual score midway through his innings, hammering past English schoolboy Arthur Collins’ 1899 record of 628. The 15-year-old had already reached the all-time record at the close of the first day, having hit 82 fours and 42 sixes to give himself a total of 652 not out.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Indian carmaker Tata Motors gave the world its cheapest car in the form of Nano. The Tata Nano is a city car manufactured and sold in India, the Nano was initially launched with a price tag of Rs 100,000 = U$2500 which was ultimately increased with time. Designed to lure India's burgeoning middle classes away from two-wheelers, it received much publicity.

This is a benchmark in engineering and has very basic features. The car gives excellent fuel economy and has a very efficient engine. The car offers a rear-wheel drive with its two cylinders 623 cc engine offering 33ps power. The engine is a multi-fuel injection petrol type. It is the first time the car is using a two-cylinder gasoline engine along with a balance shaft added to it.

Tata Nano has features such as crumple zones, intrusion-resistant doors, seat belts, strong seats, anchorages, rear tailgate glass attached to the body of the car and tubeless tyres.

Currently the car is priced between Rs 1,15,361 - Rs 1,72,361 (ex-showroom, New Delhi).

There was much controversy related to its initial plan of manufacturing the car from Singur, a rural area of West Bengal. Tata Motors announced in 2006 that the Nano would be manufactured in Singur, West Bengal. Local farmers, along with a political party soon began protesting the forced acquisition of their land the new factory entailed. Tata first delayed the Nano launch and later decided to build the car in a different state, Gujarat, instead.

Monday, January 4, 2016


Tata Motors' small car Nano entered the Guinness World Records in 2013 for driving on a longest journey covering the entire country, the company said on Monday.

"The expedition was accomplished in 10 days (March 21st to 30th of 2013) covering 10,218 km in a Tata Nano from Kanyakumari in southern Tamil Nadu to circumnavigate the country and return to Bangalore," Tata Motors president  for Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Ranjit Yadav said at an event held in Bangalore.

The car entered the Guinness World Records, breaking the previous record of 8,046 km. The official title for the record is "Longest journey by car in a single country".

The car was driven by Bangalore based motoring enthusiast Srikarunya Subrahmanyam and his team.
"Tata Nano has put India on the world motoring map by demonstrating its robustness, reliability and frugal engineering. We will encourage motor expeditions to enable customers experience the brand's value," Yadav said.

India's first Formula One motor racing driver Narain Karthikeyan felicitated Subrahmanyam and the team for the record achievement on the occasion.
"I have seen a new breed of traveller emerge, one who has a streak of adventure and passion for motoring. I have known people who have driven long distances for the fun of it despite the option of taking a flight or a train being always there. This is the spirit that encourages enthusiasts like Srikarunya to overcome challenges of driving long distances," Karthikeyan said.