The Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai has seen a jump of 50 per cent in donations made by devotees between November 7 and 15.
Typically, the temple, one of the richest temple trust in the state, receives donations of Rs 35 to Rs 40 lakh a week, according to Narendra Rane, Chairman of Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust. But since the November 8 announcement that made higher denomination notes invalid, the donations in the temple’s cash boxes have seen a jump, he said.
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“This time we have received Rs 60 lakh in donations through hundis (cash boxes),” said Rane. “We feel this jump in donations may be due to the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 100 notes.”
The donation boxes at the temple are opened once a week and the cash counted. On Wednesday, the counting of cash began around 9 am and ended at 6 pm. Between November 7 and 15, the temple has received 3,500 pieces of old Rs 500 notes and 1,100 pieces of Rs 1,000 notes, amounting to Rs 27.5 lakh.
The temple has also got some new Rs 2,000 notes — 90 pieces of them.
On Wednesday, the government issued an order directing all religious places of worship to count their donation boxes every day and deposit the old notes with the banks.
“From tomorrow, we will count the donations in our cash boxes daily,” said Rane.