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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 24:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik for registering his name in Guinness Book of Records by creating world’s tallest sandcastle on Puri sea beach in Odisha.

Patnaik met Modi in New Delhi and presented the latter a photograph of the staggering 14.84 metres (48 ft. 8 inches) tall sandcastle which he had created on February 10.

“It’s such a proud privilege to meet and present my @GWR of world tallest sand castle to Hon @pmoindia @narendramodi Sir today,” Patnaik tweeted.

Sudarsan and his 45 students had taken nine days to carve the sandcastle whose base had a circumference of 530 ft.

The sculpture was made entirely by hand while machines were used during previous record attempts across the world.

By achieving the feat, Patnaik had broken the previous world record of tallest sandcastle, which was 13.97 m (45 ft 10.25 in) tall created by Ted Siebert (USA) of the Sand Sculpture Company and a crew of 19 on behalf of Turkish Airlines, in Virginia Key Beach, Miami, Florida, USA, on 27 October, 2015.