Man Wears World's Largest, Heaviest Turban (187-Pounds)

February 28, 2017


This is a video about Bhai Baba Avtar Singh Mahakaal of Chandigarh, India, a Sikh man who wears a 85-kilogram (187-pound) turban as a symbol of his faith. The turban consists of 645-meters (2,116 feet, ~0.4-miles) of fabric and takes between 6.5 - 7 hours to tie. For reference, I could tie my shoes almost twice in that time. He says he doesn't feel the turban's weight at all, which, if you couldn't tell from the shot above, also doubles as a motorcycle helmet, and probably a pretty safe one. My motorcycle helmet? It's not so safe. "That's a cantaloupe." IT'S A HONEYDEW.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Linden, who can barely keep his head up wearing a winter cap.

  • JimmyJam

    That turban is Sikh!

  • Bling Nye

    That joke was Shiite.

  • Hazakabammer

    No, what you said was a load of shite, the Shiite are a a Muslim tribe, Sikhism is closer to Hinduism than it is to Islam. Ignorant Idiot.

  • Bling Nye

    Well no Shiite.

  • Ser JuJoo Guppy

    He also rides his motorcycle shoeless, that just doesn't sound smart nor comfortable..

  • Hazakabammer

    wearing 287lbs above your head every day isn't smart either.
    His spine is compressed, you can see when he bends over, he can't bend his neck.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Actually, in the video... he rides three different bikes with no shoes.

    First one is a Royal Enfield 350 (I only know that because it's painted on the side) with round headlight and no light protector.

    The second one had a square headlight. Looked sort of modern (like mid 2000s)

    The third is a different round-headlight bike with headlight protector.

  • Bling Nye

    This guy looks like an anime character.

  • Jenness

    You're right!

  • The_Wretched

    I guess he hates his spine for his religion.

  • Bling Nye

    Most religions prefer their followers be spineless. The backbone is evil and must be punished.

  • kodama

    Yes, standing by your beliefs in a world that mocks and persecutes you because of them sure is spineless.

  • Bling Nye

    I don't begrudge anyone their beliefs, but I do tend to think beliefs should be arrived at after much reflection, study, introspection, exploration and curiosity, rather than being force-fed, especially when it comes to children. It's no surprise that when people start thinking for themselves, they most often tend to veer away from organized religion, especially if it's been rammed down their throat since they were a child.

    Most organized religions exert far too much control over an individual to be healthy, in my opinion. Try asking a lot of hard questions in church, see how far you get before the "answers" start becoming circular and/or entirely deflective.

  • kodama

    I think you're missing my point. Regardless of my or your beliefs, I think it's odd to characterize adherents of any religion as "spineless." In many parts of the world those beliefs can carry the very real threat of violent death. Elsewhere they will at least put you at odds with the pervasive culture and the majority of people you encounter, and they definitely carry a heavy stigma. Not really a path for the "spineless."

  • Bling Nye

    No, not at all; actually, I think you're missing mine. It's not a matter of facing what's outside the faith, i.e., persecution, it's a matter of facing what's inside, i.e., questioning some/all tenets of faith. Adherents are spineless in the sense that they are unable/unwilling to stand up in question of their faith, let alone defy it in anyway. Any idiot can appear to have a spine in standing up against attacks against their faith from without, since it's easy to band together with the other 'true believers' that have their back (pun intended)... It's much harder and requires a spine to question the faith because those same 'true believers' will try to shut that down damn fast as it's a real threat.

    There's a reason organized religion requires "faith" ... you're basically required to trust that the people telling you what to believe are doing so without ulterior motives. Once people start questioning whether or not that's really the case, that's when people start realizing.

  • kodama

    I think you don't give most religious adherents enough credit; they're not generally the unquestioning sheep you make them out to be, nor are most religious organizations the scheming, control-hungry monoliths you paint them as.

  • Bling Nye

    I'm just going to go ahead and disagree with you. Generally they ARE unquestioning sheep; that's the majority. The minority are ones asking questions and are both very rare, and very brave for doing so... the questioning is often short-lived if not outright aborted by the rest of the 'true believers'.

    Feel free to name one religious organization (provide sources) that is not seeking more converts to enlarge itself, does not dictate how followers should live their lives, and that spends more money on charitable efforts than it does on its own infrastructure and "expenses". I might consider joining it. Because I've been looking, and asking questions, and have yet to find one that I can agree with 100%.

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