By Bilal Kuchay
A 23-year-old Indian student has set two world records in one day.
Manoj Kumar Moharana from Ganjam in Odisha in eastern India stuffed 21 lit candles in his mouth, the highest ever recorded by the Guinness World Records.
Moharana broke the previous world record for most lit candles in the mouth-18 created by Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya of Mumbai, India, in January 2017.
He also broke another record on the same day when he stuffed the most seedless grapes in the mouth.
He stuffed 90 grapes in his mouth breaking the previous Guinness World Record of 88 also set by Dinesh Shivnath Upadhyaya in November 2015.
Both these demonstrations took place in the presence of state government officials on Saturday.
Born in 1994 as the first child to parents, Bhagaban Maharana, 45, and Geetanjali Maharana, 43, Moharana said he had been practising for these acts from past four months.
“Earlier this year, I saw a video of Dinesh on Youtube in which he was holding 18 candles in mouth. I thought I can break this record.
“During the first attempt I was able to hold 12 candles in mouth but I was confident enough to break the record.
“With continuous practice I increased my the stretching capacity of my mouth and was able to fit 21 candles,” said Moharana.
Moharana, who is doing his post-graduation in mathematics at Berhampur University, had in 2015 tried to create a record using his field of study.
He had attempted to write squares of every number from 1 to 1000 from memory in 49 seconds.
“But Guinness authorities did not accept my endeavour, so, I decided to try another field to get recognised,” he added.
Moharana says his aim is to make his father, who works as a carpenter and earning a mere £4 a day, proud about him.
“My parents sometimes feel that I might hurt myself by doing such acts. But, I want to be famous.
“I had been dreaming about setting a world record for last two year. I feel very happy that I was able to do it.
“I want to make my parents feel proud by making it to the Guinness World Records,” he said.