List of Hindu Temples in India which made whopping donations to fight COVID-19

As the COVID-19 outbreak is exponentially spreading across the globe, no country has been spared by this deadly disease. India, at the moment, is under complete lockdown to curb further spread of Coronavirus.

India is going through a bad patch as the number of coronavirus cases is continuously increasing. Amid the ongoing crisis in the country, several Hindu Temples from all over the country have come forward to help the nation combat the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. Let’s know what contribution these temples have made to the country during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mahavir Mandir Trust:

The Mahavir Mandir Trust in Patna has generously donated Rs 1 crore to the CM Relief Fund for fighting Covid-19 pandemic in the state. The Trust’s secretary Acharya Kishore Kunal said: “Our main motive is to strengthen the government’s plan to recover from the catastrophe and provide food to the poor people.” This is the same temple which had announced in November last year that it would donate Rs 10 crore to build Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

Somnath Mandir:

Shri Somnath Trust has made a donation of Rs 1 crore to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s relief fund. Former Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel is the chairman of the trust. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani are members of the trust as well.

Ambaji Mandir:

Ambaji Mandir has contributed Rs 1 crore and one lakh to the Gujarat Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Apart from this, the Mandir Trust has also announced that it would distribute food packets to hunger people and homeless people.

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust:

The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Sai Baba temple) has generously donated a whopping Rs 51 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in Maharashtra. The Sai Baba temple is located in Shirdi which is just 270 kms away from Mumbai. This donation is so far the biggest contribution made by any temple in the country.

In addition, the SSST is playing a crucial role by serving free food to all patients and their relatives at the Shri Sainath Hospital, Shirdi Orphanages, old age homes, a school for deaf and dumb, destitute and needy, police personnel and others through the Shri Sai Prasadalaya.

Mahalaxmi Temple Kolhapur:

The Temple is managed/administered by Devasthan Management Committee which has donated Rs 2 crore to help the country beat the coronavirus pandemic. “An amount of Rs 1.50 crore has been given to the CMRF, while Rs 50 lakh will go to the Collector for enhancing various medical facilities in the district to tackle Coronavirus,” the Trust”s Assistant Secretary Shivaji Salvi said.

Swaminarayan Temples:

Seven Swaminarayan Temples across Gujarat cumulatively contributed a total of Rs. 1.88 crore. In addition, they are providing food to the poor and five hundred rooms have been given for isolation by various Temples run by the Vadtal Swaminarayan Temples across Gujarat.

Baba Ramdev:

Yoga-Guru Ramdev made an announcement that he will donate a whopping Rs 25 crore to the PM’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), which has been set up to fight against COVID-19 outbreak. This donation is one of the biggest donations made by Ramdev. It has been learnt that all employees of Patanjali and Ruchi Soya will donate their one day salary to the fund, collectively amounting to Rs. 1.50 crore. 

Ramdev made it clear that two of his institutions in Haridwar and his ashrams in Kolkata, Modinagar (Uttar Pradesh) and Solan (Himachal Pradesh) will be made available for the treatment of coronavirus patients. Furthermore, ration will be distributed by Patanjali.

Apart from the above mentioned, there are many other temples which have also made a great contribution to the nation during the crisis. These temples have made significant contributions to the country in this hard time. It makes us feel proud when we see Hindu Temples are coming forward to help those who are suffering from COVID-19 disease. India is proud of these Hindu temples for their major contributions during the nationwide shutdown.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.