55 years of non-stop singing in Jamnagar temple

In the Bala Hanuman Temple in Jamnagar (Gujarat – India) people have been singing the name of lord Rama since august 1st 1964 without interruption (apart from changing singers).

The Guiness Book of Records cover is reproduced on the outside of the temple very proudly. The man in the pictures is Shri Prembhikshu Maharaj, a great devotee of the God Rama. After becoming sannyasin (someone who turned away from all material possessions and emotional ties), he started continious chanting of Rama in Jamnagar (amongst other places) Shri Bala Hanuman Sankirtan Mandir is the oldest temple established by Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj in 1963-64.

Here’s a small impression of how it has sounded like all this time…

There is a crack in everything

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The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I seem to hear them say
Do not dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack
A crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
We asked for signs
and the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every single government
signs for all to see
I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
Ah but they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack
A crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march
on your little broken drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in
That’s how the light gets in

LEONARD COHEN