Shimla : A new world record has been set for making 1995 kg of khichdi in a single vessel on Makar Sakranti in Tattapani in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
The Khichdi was weighed in front of Rishi Nath, representative of the Guinness Book of World Records.
In Tattapani, 25 chefs prepared khichdi in five hours. 405 kg rice, 190 kg pulses, 90 kg ghee, 55 kg spices and 1100 liters of water were used to make this khichdi. Chief Chef NL Sharma said that Khichdi was the main attraction in Tattapani from the tourism department. Rishi Nath, representative of the Guinness Book of World Records, confirmed that the new world record has been created.
On this occasion thousands of people from all over the state visited Tatapani to have a holy dip in the hot water springs as a tradition.
The above program was organized for the 92nd successive year keeping in mind the high traditions set by Durga Devi Sood in her life time and now the trust has taken up the onus of organizing the same in her memory.
To Till 3:30 pm 7000 people had eaten the kichidi parshad the local charitable trust said.
Director Tourism and Aviation Yunus said that the utensil used for cooking the Khichdi was 7×4 feet in radius and this attempt was aimed at bringing Tattapani on world tourism map.
Adjudicator of Guinness World Record announced that the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation has set a World record by cooking 1995 kg Khichdi in a single utensil.
The earlier record under this title was 918.8 kg. This was announced by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while addressing a largely attended gathering on the occasion of Tattapani Tourism Festival in Karsog area of Mandi district today on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sakranti.
Thakur praised the Department of Tourism for succeeding in their mission of cooking Khichdi of such volume. He said that the Department has broken a record set earlier with a huge margin of about 1000 kg.
Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the people of the State on occasion of the Makar Sakranti and said that it was duty of all of us to preserve the rich cultural repository of the State. He said that due to construction of Koldam, the area has emerged as a major water sports destination of the State.
He said that Tattapani would be developed from tourism point of view as the area has immense potential of water sports.