Shirdi: During the three-day ‘Guru Poornima’ the Shirdi Saibaba temple in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, received donations worth about Rs 6.66 crore, an official said on Tuesday.
The devotees, from the across the country turned down at the famous temple here every year.The Temple received donation of Rs 3.83 crore cash in boxes through Donation boxes kept in the premises between July 26 and 28. The donation counters in the temple received 1.57 crore cash, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rubal Agrawal said.
In addition to this, the temple also received Rs 1 crore through online donations, debit cards, cheques and demand drafts, the CEO said.
Also, devotees from places like USA, London, Malaysia, Canada, New Zealand and Gulf countries donated foreign currencies worth Rs 11.25 lakh.
During the three-day festival, devotees also donated gold and silver items worth Rs 13.53 lakh, Agrawal said.
Apart from these donations, the temple trust earned Rs 2.7 crore through paid passes issued to visitors, distribution of sweets and food offered to visitors during the festival.
The temple has around 425 kg of gold and 4,800 kg of silver items in its treasure, Agrawal said, adding that the trust also has fixed deposits worth Rs 2,180 crore in various nationalised banks.
Over three lakh devotees from different parts of the country and abroad visited the Saibaba temple during the Guru Poornima festival, this year on Guru Purnima.