Lord Hanuman is one of the most popular Gods in Indian culture. He is famous for his strength, loyalty and courage. Devotees call him by the name of “Pawanaputra Hanuman” which means the “Son of the Wind God”. The reason why devotees adore Lord Hanuman all over the country is his loyalty toward Shri Ram and Sita Ma. There are numerous temples for him, Lord Ram and his Brother Laxman all over India. Out of them the Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar, Gujarat is world famous for its spectacular design.
The temple has earned its place at the Guinness Book of World Records because of its constant chanting of ‘Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram’. This chanting started at the very hour late sant Prembhikshuji Maharaj constructed it. This chanting is continuous since August 1, 1964. Recently this “Ram Dhun” completed 52 years.
Devotees also believe that it is one of the oldest temples built in Jamnagar. It is on the south-eastern part of the Ramnal Lake. This temple is an amazing place to visit and experience the soothing melody of the “Ram Dun” chants sung constantly by its devotees.
History of Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar
Hundreds of thousands of people undertake pilgrimage tours to the temple every year.
Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj established the Bala Hanuman temple in the years 1963-64. Jamnagar also has the name “Choti Kaashi” and here resides this beautiful temple. In many places the “ram dhun” is chanted in the name of Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj. This temple is one of the oldest ones that he built.
Jamnagar itself has an intriguing history that dates back to 1540 A.D. Jamnagar is often termed as “Nawanagar” which means “new city”. Shri Jam Raval built it. Jam Raval was a descendant of Jam Halla who was one of the heirs of Lord Krishna. Jamnagar also has many temples like Sidhnath Mahadev Temple, Bhid Bhnajan temple, Khileswar Temple and many others. This city has a beautiful design with good roads and intricate gardens and was once famous as the “Jewel of Kathiyawad”.
Shri Prembhikshuji became a sannyasin. He started the tradition of Akhand ( non-stop) chanting of Ram Nama at Jamnagar and then gradually spread this tradition at Dwarka, Porbandar, Rajkot, Junagadh and other places.
The Bala Hanuman temple venerated a lot of devotion throughout the years. It’s atmosphere of purity and sancity attracts pilgrims all over the world.
Significance of Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar
The epic of Ramayana says that Lord Hanuman was an ardent devotee of Shri Ram. His great deeds of rescuing Sita Mata from the clutches of Raavana and then helping Lord Ram in the battle against Lanka is amazing to read. Such great deeds have led to the constant chanting of the “Ram Dhun” that captivates all devotees visiting the place. This relentless chanting has made the temple pure with peace and devotion.
The temple complex is on the periphery of Jamnagar’s central lake. The non-stop chant is played out by priests and devotees. Here the depth of faith and religiosity are very moving. The temple remains open throughout the night so that those who want to contribute to the good work can do so at any point of time.
The temple is in honour of Lord Hanuman, Ram-Laxman and Janakji. Their idols are in the middle and Hanuman Ji resides on one side. There is also a big framed photo of Shri Prembhikshuji Maharaj on the second side.
The architecture of the temple is moderately modern. It is built on the south-eastern portion of the Ramnal lake. The temple’s structure portrays intricate architecture that consists of ethnically designed pillars and amazing carvings. There is also a common saying that goes around the area that the temple endured natural calamities like cyclones, earthquakes and even cross border invasions.
Timings of Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar
The Mangla darshan takes place on Sundays at 6:00 a.m.
The Shangar Darshan takes place on Mondays at 6:30 a.m
The Mangala arti takes place on Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m.
Distribution of the Raj Bhog is done on Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m
Utthapan happens on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.
Sandhya arti takes place on Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
The Shayan Darshan takes place on Saturdays at 10:00 p.m.
Rituals at Bala Hanuman Temple Jamnagar
The Arti (daily worship) takes place in the mornings but it is the Akhand Ram Dhun that attracts devotees all over the world. This nonstop act of devotion can be witnessed to be at it’s peak during the evening. Devotees flock and contribute at this more enduring hours.
How to reach
By road: If you are taking transportation by road then there are plenty buses and rental cars available all over the area of Gujarat connecting to Jamnagar. The bus passes through the Bedi gate before reaching it’s stand so you can also get off at Bedi gate.
By air: Keshod airport is the nearest airport to Bala Hanuman temple. Also various domestic flights are available that connects Jamnagar to major cities like Mumbai.
By rail: Daily trains connecting Ahmedabad are easily available. The Hapa railway station is 28 km away that is often availed by people.
Places to Stay
The Hotel Regency at Pandit Nehru Marg, Valkeshwari is pretty reasonable place to stay. The place also has spacious rooms and delicious eatables.
Hotel Hanuman at Belgaum also offers well suited accommodation. It welcomes bookings for its soothing atmosphere and advantageous position that helps to visit places well known nearby.
Another place to stay is Hotel Vraj Inn at Jamnagar. It has excellent services and impeccable room qualities.
Places to visit nearby
The Bhidbhanjan temple is a popular place to visit once you visit the Bala Hanuman temple at Jamnagar. It is a divine place to pay your visit to Lord Shiva and other Gods and Goddesses. It shows architecture made up of Western influences.
The Dwarkadhish temple is another place of worship and pilgrimage to pay a visit. Here one gets the darshan of Lord Dwarkadhish. This temple is for Lord Krishna. It is also famous as Jagat Mandir. Moreover, it has a peaceful atmosphere where one can achieve divinity through peace offerings.
The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple at Indira Marg is another famous spot to visit. Here the management is effective. The preparation of the daily meal also takes place in a hygienic atmosphere. People visit here often to see it’s wonderful structure and intricate workings.