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Non-stop recital of the Ramayana for 35 years

In the jungles of Bihad, 185 kilometres from Indore, is a unique temple that boasts of an extraordinary feat. Here, verses of the Hindu mythological, epic Ramayana have been recited for continuously for 35 years.According to the temple priest, this Akhand Path (recitation of scriptures without a break) has been undertaken in the strong belief that Lord Hanuman himself resides in the temple and his blessings have lessened the worries of devotees.

Indore, May 13 : In the jungles of Bihad, 185 kilometres from Indore, is a unique temple that boasts of an extraordinary feat. Here, verses of the Hindu mythological, epic Ramayana have been recited for continuously for 35 years.According to the temple priest, this 'Akhand Path' (recitation of scriptures without a break) has been undertaken in the strong belief that Lord Hanuman himself resides in the temple and his blessings have lessened the worries of devotees.

Despite its location in the heart of a forest, no untoward incident has ever been reported at this temple, be it from any intruder or by wild animals.

The priest and other devotees mention this particular aspect about the temple where the verses of Ramayana resonate round the clock.

Interestingly, the temple has no village in the near vicinity and the only occupants of the temple premises are the family of the priest and eight devotees who do the recitation.

These members make sure that the prayers are recited continuously and to do this, they have even charted out a 'recitation roster'. The ones assigned for the night sit in the temple and read the Ramayana without yawning or blinking.

The isolated location of the temple has never been prevented devotees from coming.

Many of them come from Rajasthan too and often stay back to recite the Ramayana.

"We have people from every hook and corner including those from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. We pay them 50 rupees as their monthly salary. Besides that, we provide them with food and shelter. People from every place come here to visit the temple and experience the divine miracles of Lord Hanuman," said Shastri Subhashji, the priest.

Another major and prominent event at this temple is the fair held every year on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. Hanuman Jayanti was celebrated on April 2.

Devotees wholeheartedly took active part in all the festivities.

"We celebrate a lot of festivals together. There is no difference between anyone. Everyone is united and celebrates with lot of zeal and enthusiasm," said Girdhari Kumar, a devotee from Vidisha.

The temple according to the priest is as old as that of Treta Yuga of Hindu mythology, probably some 100,000 years old.

To a question as to how far this 'Akhand Path' of Ramayana will continue. Priest Shastri Subhash categorically says the process will continue as long as Lord Hanuman wishes.

ANI

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