As the conclusion of the Saibaba samadhi centenary festival, the Shirdi Saibaba temple is said to have received massive Rs. 5.97 crores worth of donations.
It is said that devotees from the country and abroad donated Rs. 2.52 crore in donation boxes that have been kept in the temple premises during the three-day concluding festival from October 17 to 19.
The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rubal Agrawal told reporters that the donation counters in the temple, located at Shirdi town in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district, received Rs. 1.46 crore cash.
The temple also received Rs. 1.41 crore through online donations, debit cards, cheques and demand drafts, it was informed.
In addition to this, devotees also donated gold and silver items worth Rs. 28.24 lakh and foreign currencies worth Rs. 24.55 lakh, Ms Agrawal said.
Apart from these donations, the temple trust earned Rs. 78 lakh through paid darshan and online passes and Rs. 28.51 lakh through distribution of ‘laddoos’,she said.
Nearly three lakh devotees from across the country and abroad visited the shrine during the three-day festival which concluded Friday, she added.>