Shirdi temple has ornaments worth over Rs 50 crores

Shirdi  temple has ornaments worth over Rs 50 crores

The famous Saibaba temple at Shirdi in Maharashtra, one of the richest shrines in the country, has ornaments and jewellery worth Rs 50,53,17 473 and a total fixed deposits to the tune of Rs 6,27,56,97488 as on March 31 last year including investments in Kisan Vikas Patra.

The ornaments and jewellery worth has increased by Rs 11,04,50,335 as compared to figures of year ended on March 31, 2011 which was total of Rs 39,48,67,138. Similarly, the total value of fixed deposits, investments in Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) is of Rs 23,34,00,000 at end of last fiscal year against Rs 40,84,00,000 (KVP) of previous year (March 31, 2011), according to the annual report of the Sai Baba Trust, Shridi which was constituted by the Government of Maharashtra for smooth functioning of activities in 2004.

The fixed deposits with various nationalised banks have increased by Rs 1,38,06,28,921 during the financial year of 2011-12, the yearly report, which was tabled during the Winter Session of State Legislature in late December 2012, said.

Gold worth Rs 9,20,55,539 was added to its kitty during the year 2011-12 from the existing value of Rs 27,95,27,935 (March 31, 2011). However there were no additions of gold coins and gold pendants during 2011-12.

The Trust has foreign currency on hand worth Rs 17,05,137. It was spending Rs 76,74,26,961 on various charity work (grant in aid) including Rs 45 crores towards development of proposed airport at Shirdi and for hosting Sai Bhajan Sandhya (musical evening) in London at an expense of Rs 24,69,239, the report said.

The temple has received total donations during the year to the tune of Rs 2,06,14,96,152 including Rs 1,60,45,78,233 from charity boxes (both cash and kind), the report added.

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