World's Longest Garland Honours Indian Spiritual Guru In U.S.

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NEW YORK: Over 200 meditation students of Sri Chinmoy from 35 countries, including India, have set a new Guinness world record for the World's longest fresh flower garland to honour the Indian spiritual leader.



Joining them at an event in Queens in New York, home to a large number of Indian-Americans, to honour Sri Chinmoy's (1931-2007) 50 years' work for world peace on his Aug 27 birthday were New York City Councilman Jimmy and Ashrita Furman, holder of 206 current Guinness Records.



The garland, which goes 5 miles in multiple loops on Joseph-Austin-Field in New York's Queens borough surpasses the previous record by 1.9 miles (3 km). Made of 180,000 carnations of various colours, it weighs 4000 lb (1800 kg), according to a media release.



Chinmoy, a renowned peace visionary founded the Oneness-Home Peace Run, world's largest torch relay for peace, composed 21,000 songs, wrote 1600 books and established meditation and peace centres in 60 countries.



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Source: IANS

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