The Indian epic Ramayana is recited on various, special occasions – especially in what is called the Ramayan month. But can you imagine a temple where the text is being recited for the past 18 years? Yes, 18 long years, and still going on.

Situated 25km from Agra, on the Uttar Pradesh-Rajasthan border, the Ram Hanuman temple opposite the Achnera railway station is making a record with the continuous recital of the Ramayana since 21st October 1994. Readers consider it an honour to recite the religious text, and readily continue the reading. As there is no rigid system, anyone can take turns over the mike and relieve the other. Every two hours, a new person takes on the mantle.