Nepali guru spends 32 hours on Everest

A Nepali guru set a record by spending 32 hours on the world’s highest peak of Mount Everest meditating for 27 hours, Indo-Asian News Service reported on Monday.

Bhakta Kumar Rai, 30, born in an ethnic community in a remote village in Udaypur District in eastern Nepal, is believed by his followers to be a divine being with supernatural powers. His followers see him as an angel sent by God to Earth to propagate peace, eradicate poverty and encourage self-healing,” the agency said.

“He reached the summit at 5:30 a.m. on Friday and sat meditating until 1 p.m. the next day,” Nepal’s Tourism Ministry spokesperson Laxman Bhattarai said.

At the age of 18, Rai founded the Heavenly Path sect and transformed himself into “Supreme Master Godangel.”

“Supreme Master Godangel spent 32 hours on the summit, meditating for 27 hours,” Heavenly Path officials said. “He used oxygen for only 11 hours.”

The previous record was set in 1999, when a Nepali climber and high-altitude guide Babu Chhiri Sherpa remained on the summit for 21 hours and 30 minutes.

NEW DELHI, May 23 (RIA Novosti)

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