Walk into Sukhavana, the home for birds in Mysuru, India, and you are transported into a fantasy world of birds of all colours, species and sizes. You will be greeted by the melodious calls of the smaller birds as well as the raucous screeching of the bigger birds. The greenery around and the colourful plumes of our feathered friends is a welcome change from the noise of the city.
The one acre aviary was set up by Dr. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji – head of the spiritual, cultural and social welfare organisation Avadhoota Datta Peetham in Mysuru.
The striking 50-metre high free-flight aviary has around 2,100 colourful residents, of 468 different species.
You might spot Swamiji in saffron clothes with many birds perched all over him as if they have come to roost in their nest.
Guiness Book of Records recently confirmed that the Shukavana bird home in Mysuru has the most bird species in an aviary which is 468, achieved by Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji (India) at SGS Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysuru, India, on 6 May 2017
Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji is the founder of Shukavana, a bird aviary to conserve the endangered and distressed birds in Mysuru, India.
His purity of purpose and selfless love for this universe creates wonders out of everything he touches. What started just a few years ago as a commitment to rehabilitate and rescue endangered species has blossomed into a haven for these winged friends. Hope this brings greater awareness to the noble purpose of Sri Swamiji to protect Nature and its life forms.
Dr Swamiji feels strongly about animal welfare and conservation, so he created Shukavana to preserve endangered species of birds.
Attached to the aviary is a large hospital, where Dr Swamiji and his team of volunteers treat injured, sick and abandoned birds.
Sri Swamiji has an incredible rapport with the feathered creatures and has trained many of the parrots to talk and interact with visitors.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Rishi Nath was invited to Shukavana to verify the record and present its creator with an official certificate.
Courtesy: vimeo screencap, guinessworldrecords.com