Why A Jamnagar Temple Features in the Guinness Book of World Records?



India is a land of historic monuments, amazing temples, churches, mosques and mausoleums. A veritable treasure trove for history, culture and architecture aficionados. Apart from the well-known sights and sounds, India has some wonderful surprises at many nooks and corners of its vast expanse which are relatively unknown.

The quest for something unusual took me to Jamnagar, a city situated on the western coast of India, in the state of Gujarat. The city is famous for housing the World’s largest oil refinery nearby. Jamnagar was a princely state known as Nawanagar and was founded in the year 1540 and one of its most illustrious Kings or Maharajah was the legendary cricketer Ranjitsinghji.

But it was not the love of cricket nor was it any latent interest in oil refining that brought me to Jamnagar.

What had stimulated my interest and drawn me like a magnet to this historic city was a small, ordinary looking Hindu temple dedicated to the childhood form of the Indian Monkey God, Hanuman. Outwardly and inwardly there was nothing extraordinary about this temple. One can find such temples in any village, town or city of the country in dozens.


As you enter the temple you are greeted by the mellifluous ring of the bells and a sweet humming chant soothingly touches your ears and enters your heart. On looking closer you spot a group of men and women who are chanting a Mantra in praise of the Indian God Ram. The words are simple enough but the devotion with which they are chanted transform them into a divine paean. The visitors to the temple would sit down with the group chanting the Mantra and join in the chanting of the simple words, “Shri Ram, Jay Ram, Jay, Jay Ram”.



But this is nothing extraordinary, this again happens in temples all over the country.

What is really incredible is the fact that this chanting was started on the morning of the 1st of August, 1964 and has been going on uninterrupted now for more than 52 years!


Young boys have grown into old men, the world has changed in so many different ways, but the chanting goes on. The devotees take turns in a relay system and this devotional audio offering to their beloved God continues in a perpetual and melodious flow of prayer. Rain, storm, earthquakes, wars, nothing has interrupted this devotional tribute. The temple has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records twice and is now an important place to visit, when in Jamnagar.

How to reach Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

By road: Jamnagar is about 90 kilometers from Rajkot and around 305 kilometers from Ahmedabad. Gujarat state transport buses and private luxury coaches connect Jamnagar with various cities of Gujarat. 

By rail: There are daily trains from Ahmedabad.

By air: There is an airport 10 kilometers from Jamanagar town. Various domestic airlines connect Jamnagar to Mumbai.

If you happen to visit India and happen to be in Jamnagar, do pay a visit to this unique temple which is known as “Bala Hanuman Temple”, a temple that has been echoing to the uninterrupted sonorous notes of devotion for 52 years! It is also known as Shri Balahanuman Sankirtan Mandir,Jamnagar.


Jamnagar Temple

Jamnagar Temple


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25 thoughts on “Why A Jamnagar Temple Features in the Guinness Book of World Records?

  1. Wow, this is incredible. It’s cool to learn that such a a cool tradition continues and will hopefully continue for many years to come. We would love to visit India someday and when we do we will be sure to add this to our itinerary. Thanks for this valuable information! 😃

  2. They’ve been chanting there for the rest of their lives? Oh my god that’s what you call devotion. No wonder it’s recorded in the Guiness book of Record. And I wanna hear it for myself.

  3. I’ve never heard of Jamnagar, it sounds like a peaceful place where you can go to relax and meditate and just free your mind from stress. This temple is definitely one of the things that I’ll go to when I visit this place. It sounds amazing!

  4. Chanting for 52 years non stop? Ohhh my that’s really interesting. I’m actually putting India on my top list. I swear I really would love to go here soon. And if I have a chance would love to hear this chant that never ends!

  5. I always learn something from your posts. This is quite amazing and beautiful. Love the history of places and the fact that it’s off the beaten path. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I would have never thought to visit Jamnagar if not for this post. What a magical ceremony. Were there a lot of tourists there or is it one of your secret finds?

  7. I love going to historic places because I love learning about our past. It’s awesome to be able to go here and just visit all those sights. History is one of the best things that you can learn in a new place.

  8. I have heard a lot about Indian cities along their traditions and also about the history of religious places as well. It is nice to see a temple being featured in the Guinness Book for the longest continuous chanting. Just amazing!

  9. Truly India is a place to visit. I heard a lot of good thing about this country and I want to go and visit this place. No wonder, this has been in Guinness book of records because it is really one of a kind temple. The history behind it is what makes it more interesting and worth the recognition.


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