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123-yr-Old Indian Monk Flashes Passport, Claims He's World's Oldest Man

World | AFP | October 10, 2019, 11:30 am
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 Indian passenger Swami Sivananda's passport caused a stir at Abu Dhabi International Airport after the immigration officers saw his date of birth dated back to August 8, 1896, making him 123 years old. Hailing from Behala, Kolkata, Swami Sivananda was travelling to London and had a stopover in Dubai. (Image: AFP)

Indian passenger Swami Sivananda's passport caused a stir at Abu Dhabi International Airport after the immigration officers saw his date of birth dated back to August 8, 1896, making him 123 years old. Hailing from Behala, Kolkata, Swami Sivananda was travelling to London and had a stopover in Dubai. (Image: AFP)

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 Born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport, Hindu monk Swami Sivananda's life has spanned three centuries. He surpassed France's Jeanne Louise Calment, who reached the age of 122 years and 164 days. (Image: AFP)

Born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport, Hindu monk Swami Sivananda's life has spanned three centuries. He surpassed France's Jeanne Louise Calment, who reached the age of 122 years and 164 days. (Image: AFP)

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 Sivananda, who was raised by a spiritual guru, has attributed his long life to yoga, food with no spices and celibacy, in a 2016 interview. (Image: AFP)

Sivananda, who was raised by a spiritual guru, has attributed his long life to yoga, food with no spices and celibacy, in a 2016 interview. (Image: AFP)

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 In this photo, Swami Sivananda is seen doing yoga. (Image: AFP)

In this photo, Swami Sivananda is seen doing yoga. (Image: AFP)

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 Swami also wants to stake his claim to the distinction and wants to be on Guinness World Records as World’s oldest man ever to live.  (Image: AFP)

Swami also wants to stake his claim to the distinction and wants to be on Guinness World Records as World’s oldest man ever to live.  (Image: AFP)

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 For the past three years, he is trying hard to confirm his age as officials are finding it hard to verify his date of birth which came from a temple register. (Image: AFP)

For the past three years, he is trying hard to confirm his age as officials are finding it hard to verify his date of birth which came from a temple register. (Image: AFP)

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 Swami Sivananda practices yoga. (Image: AFP)

Swami Sivananda practices yoga. (Image: AFP)

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 Swami Sivananda, who claims to be 124 years old, is seen travelling to Varanasi from Kolkata with his followers on a train. (Image: AFP)

Swami Sivananda, who claims to be 124 years old, is seen travelling to Varanasi from Kolkata with his followers on a train. (Image: AFP)

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 Swami Sivananda boards a train from Howrah Station. (Image: AFP)

Swami Sivananda boards a train from Howrah Station. (Image: AFP)

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 Swami Sivananda is seen practising yoga at his house. (Image: AFP)

Swami Sivananda is seen practising yoga at his house. (Image: AFP)

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