Padma Shri Awardee Skydiver Makes 13,000-ft Jump in Nauvari Saree

Shital Rane Mahajan set a new world record as she became the first Indian to skydive in a Nauvari Saree.

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Padma Shri awardee and Pune-based adventurist Shital Rane Mahajan set a new world record on Tuesday, as she became the first Indian to skydive donning a traditional Maharashtrian Nauvari Saree.

Draped in a pretty pink and purple nine-yard saree, the 35-year-old achieved the feat by skydiving from a height of 13,000 feet at Pataya, Thailand's Thai Skydiving Centre.

She dedicated her jump to Maharashtra and even made it a point to get a parachute that matches her saree.

I wanted to do something different with International Women’s Day coming up next month, so I decided on wearing the Maharashtrian Nauvari saree for my skydives. I jumped from 13,000 feet and opened the parachute at 5,000 feet. I enjoyed it. This was my 704th jump. I am glad I could do this wearing a Nauvari. Getting to do something different like this is a perk of being a skydiver. This jump was for Maharashtra. 
Shital Rane, Padma Shri Awardee, Skydiver

Shital has previously also been the first woman to have successfully completed her dive from the North and the South Poles, without any trials or prior practice.

Shital is also known to be the first woman to have attempted her first ever parachute jump without undergoing any training, over the Geographical North pole from 2,400 ft in minus 37 degrees Celsius .

She is also the first person to accelerate free fall jump without any trials over Antarctica South pole from 11,600 feet, in minus 38 degree Celsius.

Shital is an Indian extreme sportswoman and the holder of six world records and 17 national records in skydiving.

(With inputs from ANI and IANS)

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