Om chanting for positive vibration
The record for the maximum number of people chanting a single word together at the same venue was set by Mana Ooru Mana Gudi Mana Badyatha of Nandyal, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, wherein 64,000 devotees did Om chanting.
Om is the most powerful mantra. It’s not just the sound, but the vibrations that impact the mind, body, and soul, making way for a happy, blissful, and calm state. Om is an ancient, sacred word from the eastern spiritual traditions of Yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Only at higher frequencies can we learn to let go of desires and be happy with nature. In today’s materialistic world, it is so easy to get caught up in stress, fear, anxiety, worry, etc. that staying blissful becomes a challenge. Om chanting benefits us by rising above these negative thoughts and feelings to recognise one’s true self and stay happy.
MV Sivakumar Reddy from Nandyal, Andhra Pradesh told the India Book of Records magazine, “Being a state government employee, I want to give back to the society, so I keep serving in different ways. Om chanting is my regular practice under Yoga. Om is the highest positive vibration. It is a universal syllable, and it is cosmic energy. As per Vedas, the whole universe was created by the sound Om (Aum). Chanting Om raises the vibrations of an individual, not just in the body but in the overall consciousness of one’s soul and mind. Chanting Om allows you to align with the whole. That is why I thought of conducting a group chanting of Om.”
Sivakumar Reddy’s organisation, Mana Ooru Mana Gudi Mana Badyatha, which literally means ‘Our village-town and temple is our responsibility’, organised the event. The residents of Nandyal offer prayers at the temple and take care of its cleanliness. Apart from Nandyal, people from surrounding areas are also connected to the organisation. Adjudicator of India Book of Records, Dr Vasudha Rani was present at the event, held on April 4, 2023, at Sri Pradhama Nandeeswara Temple Ground, Nandyal, where 64,000 devotees chanted a single word ‘Om’ 21 times together. Dr Vasudha declared the record and handed over the certificate and a medal to the organisers.
Reddy said that a large number of people were invited for the mass chanting. It was a big challenge for the organisers to maintain peace in the midst of such a large crowd. Barricades were placed at the entry and exit gates of the temple to avoid crowding at the time of movement of people. A medical help setup with ambulance vans, 30 doctors, and 70 nursing staff was kept ready to meet any kind of emergency. However, everything settled peacefully and the organisation’s name entered the India Book of Records.
Two days of training was imparted to 2000 devotees before the main event. This practice session helped in the smooth conduct of the event. Comfortable seating arrangements were made for all. Along with this, refreshments and other necessary arrangements were also made. At the request of the organisers, the police department also contributed in handling the crowd.