Imphal, Aug. 23: The Gangte community in Manipur has succeeded in its attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records by reading the Bible en mass.
On December 16 last year, nearly 7,047 people belonging to the community had read the 16 chapters of the Book of Romans of the Bible non-stop within 1.27 hours at Chiengka-wnpang ground of Churachandpur district, about 63km from here.
The India Book of Records and Asia Book of Records have also recognised the event as a world record.
In the certificates sent to the Gangte church leaders, the record books said it was the largest participated Bible reading event. The record attempt was made as part of a four-day Gangte Christian Gospel Centenary celebration.
The three record books sent certificates of recognition of the event as “world record” to the Gangte Christian Gospel Centenary Committee a few days ago. It is now official that the event is a world record, L.S. Gangte, chairman of the celebration committee, told reporters here today.
The recognition given by the Indian and Asian record books raises hopes of the event entering the Guinness World Records as well. “We are very happy as our community has created a world record. The Guinness records authorities are also examining our event, which was well documented. We hope our effort will find a place there too,” Rev. K. Mawia, general secretary of the celebration committee, said.
The event also aimed to involve all the members of the community participating in the celebrations to take part in the Bible-reading session.
Gangte, a small community with a population of about about 20,000, is concentrated in Churachandpur district. The community started converting to Christianity in 1912.
“By creating the record, we also wanted to show to the world that Gangtes are Christians and that we are proud to be so,” Mawia said.
To commemorate the record-making event and to celebrate the success, the celebration committee is planning to install a centenary pillar at the venue of the programme (Chiengkawnpang ground) by December 2014. “After creating this record we will make more such attempts in future. Though we have not decided the mode of the next attempt, we will find another way,” Mawia said.