A 120-year old Hindu monk has set his longevity down to abstaining from sex for his whole life.
Hindu monk Swami Sivananda has settled right into a routine of celibacy, no spices and day-to-day yoga, and was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport.
The 120-year old virgin is presently applying to verify his claim that he is the earliest guy to have ever lived, which will be now held by Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who expired in June 2013 older 54 days and 116 years.
Sivananda's age was supported by India's passport authorities from a temple register, the single record many Indians even decades younger have of their date of birth.
The 120-year-old virgin is now applying to Guinness World Records to verify his claim that he is the oldest man to have ever lived, which is currently held by Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who died in June 2013 aged 116 years and 54 days
Indian monk Swami Sivananda holds up his passport showing his date of birth in the house of one of his followers in Kolkata
Nevertheless it would be exceedingly difficult to independently verify his age.
Sivananda was featured by local media earlier this summer, together with the Times of India noting he looked 50 years younger than his apparent age but requiring his claims at face value.
'I lead a disciplined and simple life.
'I eat very simply - just boiled food without oil or spices, rice and boiled daal (lentil stew) with a few green chillies,' he said after a two-hour yoga session in Kolkata, the eastern Indian city where he had come for a quick visit.
'I avoid because I think these are fancy foods taking fruits or milk.
' In my childhood I slept many days on an empty stomach,' he said.
Sivananda said he'd not previously come forward to claim the record although he failed to seek publicity, but was persuaded by his followers to implement.
Before he was six the aged man lost both parents and was given away by his relatives before settling in Varanasi to some spiritual guru, whom he travelled with around India.
Fit and without any medical complications, he resides and travels alone on trains.
'Earlier people were happy with fewer things.
'Nowadays folks are miserable, unhealthy and have become dishonest, which pains me a lot,' he said.
'I merely want folks to be happy, healthy and peaceful.'