DB Original/ Tirupati Balaji Temple receives record donation of Rs 140 crore cash, 274 kg gold, 3000 kg silver in 5 months

  • This year the temple got twice as much gold and thrice as much silver during April-August 2019 compared to the corresponding period of the previous year
  • This time temple got around Rs 30 crores more in cash than during the same period last year

Hyderabad: The first 5 months of the financial year have been difficult for the country. The GDP growth rate peaked at 5% and an undeclared economic slowdown began. In contrast, the figure of donations in Tirupati temple, the topper among India’s richest temples, is breaking records. According to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Trust, the donations received by the temple in the 5 months between April and August this year are the highest ever. The temple received Rs 140 crore in cash and bill. Apart from this, it received two to three times gold and silver as compared to previous years.

According to IAS officer Anil Kumar Singhal, executive officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Trust, in 2018 between April and August, donations of Rs 113.96 crore were received. With this, 344 kg gold and 1128 kg silver were also received. 

This figure increased surprisingly in 2019. Temple got Rs 140 crore in cash or Shrihundi. At the same time, 524 kg gold and 3098 kg silver were obtained. As the figure of donations soared, it would not be wrong to say that this time in the case of donations too, Sri Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam will be number one in India.

Making Tirupati crime free is also a priority

Singhal says that the temple trust is very excited that people’s faith in the temple is growing continuously. The increase in the amount of donations is astonishing. The Trust is continuously working on temple activities and philosophy. Making the city of Tirupati crime free for the dignity of the temple is also one of the Trust’s priorities. Efforts are being made for this at every level. Many charity and welfare works are being done with the donation money. This includes works such as the convenience of devotees coming for darshan, Annadan and the development of the temple. Trust is also involved in many social concerns.

17000 kg hair sold in e-auction

The temple trust auctioned 17,200 kg of hair on 5 September. Its price is around Rs 7.62 crores. These hairs were auctioned by e-auction last Thursday. In this, hair of different varieties of different devotees was auctioned with classification.

Brahmotsavam from 30 September

The annual Brahmotsavam in the temple will begin from 30 September. It will run until 8 October. During this time, many arrangements will be changed in the temple. Preparations for the Brahmotsavam are going on in full swing, which is likely to be completed by 20 September. Fund of about Rs 7.5 crore has been given for its pandal and platform etc. All engineering related work will be completed. Parking of more than 13000 vehicles has been arranged around the temple. For this, around 1300 CCTV cameras have been installed. 1200 vigilance officers and 4200 policemen will handle this. At the same time, 300 senior police officers are also being deployed. There will be Annakshetra from 8 am to 11 pm for the devotees.

(Story by Nitin R Upadhyaya)