"Everything has dropped down. There is a total global meltdown. So, the only good for the investor is to invest the money in gold and anytime they can always get back the money without any loss which make some profit. So that is why gold is the real investment. Now, the price rise is mainly because of the physical buying of gold by the investors," said Syed Ahamed, a chief adviser, Tamil Nadu Jewellers Federation.
But gold buyers stayed on the sidelines, as prices at record highs continued to hurt demand.
Customers said social obligations forced them to buy gold or otherwise they would have postponed buying.
Gold futures on the continuous charts was 0.70 percent higher at 15,670 rupees per 10 grams, after hitting a record of 15,706 rupees earlier in the session.
Bank gold was 200 rupees dearer than local gold, signifying profit-taking by traders, dealers said.