08/28/2014 02:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

At 100 Lbs., Avtar Singh Mauni May Have World's Largest Turban

Hats off to Avtar Singh Mauni: the 60-year-old holy man may be on the brink of a world record thanks to a 100-pound turban he wears on his head.

The titanic turban measures 2,115 feet when unwrapped -- the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Mauni spends six hours a day getting it on his head, and his holy headgear is so large that the only way he can get to his local temple in Patiala, Northern India, is via motorcycle, Barcroft TV reports.

The fabric and ornaments add up to around 100 pounds, but the weapons he carries as part of his traditional costume add another 87 pounds.

Tending to the turban is a serious commitment for the devout Sikh, but one he does proudly.

"I don't consider it to be a burden. I'm most happy when I wear it," Mauni said, according to the Daily Mail. "I just keep putting on the cloth from top to bottom one layer at a time just like you would lay the stories of a building.

"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. I get afraid that I may fall and I keep wondering "have I lost something, where is my turban?'"

Currently, the Guinness World Record for world's largest turban is held by fellow Indian citizen Major Singh, whose turban measures 1,312 feet.

Mauni would like the recognition, but admits he wants to have more than just photo ops with his fellow humans.

"When I go out a huge crowd gathers around me. Some are amazed beyond belief and tell me 'You are great for carrying such a large turban,'" he said, according to the Express. "But 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."

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