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Bir Narayan Chaudhary
Bir Narayan Chaudhary
Him at claimed age of 139 (on right )
Birth: 1856?
Khanar, Nepal
Death: 20 April 1998
Kathmandu, Nepal
Age: 141 years, 110-364 days?
Country: NepalNEP
Longevity myth

Bir Narayan Majhi Chaudhari [Nepali: वीर नारायण चौधरी] (1856? – 20 April 1998) was a Nepali man who claimed to be the oldest person ever.


According to Bir, he was born shortly after the Crimean War in 1856, the son of landowner Guhi Maaji. A cattle rancher in the village of Khanar, near Kathmandu, Chaudhari was purportedly a leader of the first land survey team in the area, conducted in 1888.

Chaudhari rose to prominence in the mid-1990s when Nepalese television and press began reporting on his advanced age. In 1997, he was honored by Nepal's king Birendra.

Chaudhari had a son and a daughter, with his first wife, both of whom predeceased him, and a daughter with his second wife who as of 1996 remained alive at age 68.

Chaudhari died in 1998 at the self-professed age of 141. At the time of his death, in 1998, he had four grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.