There are countless religious devotees in India and one of the richest temples in the country is the ever-so-famous Shirdi Saibaba temple in Maharashtra which receives the largest donations here. People don’t just offer customary prayers to god but they donate some amount because they strongly believe that they will make the idol happy and in return receive the blessings. This has been the tradition for so many years.
Starting ahead of Christmas and ending on the New Year day (December 22 – January 1), the temple received donations from the people which were worth Rs 14.54 crore, according to an official. The devotees from India, as well as abroad donated Rs 8.05 crore in the donation boxes, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust’s vice chairman Chandrashekhar Kadam, told reporters on January 2.
It has been learnt that the temple trust also received Rs 6 crore through online donations, credit/debit cards, cheques, demand drafts and donation counters, he added. Not just money but the expensive ornaments like Gold and silver items worth Rs 19 lakh were also donated.
Apart from India, devotees from 19 countries- the USA, the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and China donates foreign currencies worth Rs 30.63 lakh. Besides that, the temple trust also earned Rs 3.62 crore through paid passes that were given to the visitors and the online darshan facility provided by the temple management, Mr Kadam said.
Approximately 9.5 lakh devotees from different parts of the country visited Saibaba temple during the 11-day period.