Devout Sikh Avtar Singh Mauni from Punjab, India, has the world’s longest – and most FABULOUS – turban, consisting of 2,116 feet of fabric and weighing 100 pounds. A HUNDRED POUNDS. That’s like wearing a Vespa on your head, all day, every day. Not that he minds.
“I don’t consider it a burden. I’m most happy when I wear it,” he says. “On the rare times I don’t have my turban on, I keep getting this feeling of being incomplete, that some part of me is missing,”
It takes him an astonishing SIX HOURS a day to assemble it (watch a fast-motion montage in the video, above). “I just keep putting on the cloth from top to bottom one layer at a time just like you would lay the storeys of a building,” he says. According to Avtar Singh, the purple and orange fabric alone weighs 66 pounds, while the decorative ornaments make up the remaining 30-odd pounds. Apart from the turban, he also carries a sword and gets his arm charm on, wearing bangles weighing an additional 87 pounds. LOVE IT.
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“When I go out a huge crowd gathers around me,” he said. “Some are amazed beyond belief and tell me, ‘You are great for carrying such a large turban. You must have been blessed with lots of energy.’”
But Avtar Singh confessed that he doesn’t really enjoy the attention so much. “Sometimes all they want is to take a picture, so I loudly tell them to stop. After all it takes me hours to put on my turban and all they want is to take a quick picture and then run away.”
But that doesn’t make people love him any less. He’s become sort of an inspiration to younger Sikhs who look up to him. “These days many Sikh children choose to cut their hair and have forgotten to wear turbans,” said Gurpreet Singh, an acquaintance who affectionately calls Avtar Singh ‘Babaji’, which means grandfather.