Thousands of Disabled Persons Break Three World Records in GujaratJun 29, 2018
In Navsari, Gujarat, a camp for disabled persons was conducted. Here, three Guinness World Records were created. The first record was for lighting the highest number of oil lamps simultaneously. The second record was for depicting the biggest wheelchair logo by the largest number of people. The third record was for the maximum number of people being equipped with hearing aids within 8 hours and at a single location.
At the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir and Scheme of Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/Fittings of Aids/Appliances (ADIP) Camp, these records were made.
The organisers of the ADIP camp were the Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO). Albeit, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities [Divyangjan], Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, conducted the rally.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the event
The event was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was the chief guest at the occasion. Moreover, the date that these records were set was on the PM’s 66th birthday.
The ADIP camp is being organised every year since the year 1981. However, on 1 April 2014, some revisions were implemented. The 2016 camp was ADIP’s 159th camp and known to be the biggest as compared to the previous ones. Also, more than 11,000 people were the benefactors from this camp.
The History of Navsari
The location of Navsari is traced to the Surat Municipality Region. One has to travel 37 km southwards of Surat to reach Navsari, which is known to be the Twin City of Surat.
Navsari has a glorious historical past that spans over 2000 years. Also, names such as ‘Nav Sareh’, ‘Nag Sarika’, ‘Nag Vardhana’, ‘Nag Shahi’ and ‘Nag Mandal’ have been associated with the city.
During the seventh century, the ruler of Navsari was ‘Shayashray Shiladitya’. To honour Guru Nag Vardhana, the ruler named the city as ‘Nag Vardhana’. Yet, around the same period, the name of the city became ‘Nag Sarika’, as per a 669 AD dated copper plate that was discovered.
Meanwhile, another copper plate bearing the date 821 AD was recovered, and that illustrated the city name to be ‘Nag Sarika’.
Also, there is an interesting tale attached to the name ‘Nag Sarika’. As per the fables, there was a cobra residing in a hollow of a big papal tree that was situated on the banks of a pond. Also, a singing bird, Sarika, had a nest in the same tree. Both the Cobra and bird were friends. Moreover, the bird sang musical tunes for entertaining the cobra. Keeping the friendship between the cobra and singing bird in mind, the city was named ‘Nag Sarika’.
Navsari’s Three Guinness World Records
The Guinness World Records that are held by Navsari are as follows:
For the first record, on the eve of the jumbo camp, the highest number of oil lamps had to be lit concurrently at one location. A whopping 989 disabled persons were participants and came together to create the record. The minimum number of people who needed to participate in the feat was 500 people, and 989 people are almost close to double the required number of people. Within 30 seconds of the signal being given, the partakers had to light the oil lamps—which they accomplished.
Participants at the camp lighting lamps
At the same camp, on 17 September 2016, a second record for the ‘biggest wheelchair logo’ was broken as well. Here, 1000 members depicted the logo ‘Happy Birthday PM’ in the Indian flag tri-colours on their wheelchairs. This feat was better than the past record that had 346 participants at a rally organised in Moorhead, Minnesota, USA, by Hope Inc.
The World’s Biggest Logo at Navsari
On the same day at the camp, a third world record was set. Within 8 hours, at a single location, 600 disabled persons were given hearing aids. Throughout the weekend, assistive device kits were handed out to thousands of other disabled persons as well.
Disabled Persons at the Event
The PM hailed the achievements of the participants and also, posted congratulatory messages—in his tweets. Also, he stated that by the three records being created in Navsari, the city has made gained worldwide recognition. Rightly so!