Swami Sivananda, The 120-year old virgin: Indian monk places his longevity down to never having sex

Hindu monk Swami Sivananda from India claims he was born on August 8, 1896. He's asked Guinness World. Records to verify claim of being world's oldest man . Sivnanda has how settled into a routine of celibacy, no spices and daily yoga. The man from Varana

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

India's passport authorities confirmed Sivananda's age from a temple register, the only record many Indians even decades younger have of their date of birth

Sivananda, from the holy city of Varanasi, grew up in extreme poverty and chose to become a monk, saying he owed his age to 'yoga, discipline, and celibacy'

Standing 1.58 metres (five feet two inches) tall, Sivananda sleeps on a mat on the floor and uses a wooden slab as a pillow

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 had not previously come forward to claim the record because he did not seek publicity, but was eventually persuaded by his followers to apply

Fit and without any medical complications, he lives independently and even travels alone on trains

Sivananda, who was born in colonial-era India without electricity, cars or telephones, says he is not enthused by new technology and prefers being on his own

Indian monk Swami Sivananda, who claims to be 120 years old, is watched by one of his followers while practicing yoga in Kolkata

Sivananda, from the holy city of Varanasi, grew up in extreme poverty and chose to become a monk

In this photograph taken on August 2, 2016, Sivananda reacts after his followers presented him with a birthday cake in Kolkata

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.'