30/12/2016 3:42 PM IST | Updated 30/12/2016 4:10 PM IST

Shirdi's Saibaba Temple Gets ₹31.73 Crore In Donations Post Demonetisation

These donations include ₹4.53 crore in the scrapped ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes.

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SHIRDI -- The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has received donations of ₹31.73 crore during the past 50 days post the government's demonetisation move, an official said on Friday.

These donations include ₹4.53 crore in the scrapped ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes and ₹3.80 crore in the new ₹2,000 and ₹500 notes denominations, said Sachin Tambe, one of the trustees of the Saibaba Sansthan.

During the last 50 days, the Sansthan received ₹18.96 crore in donation boxes, ₹4.25 crore, including ₹2.62 crore through credit/debit cards, at its various donation counters, ₹3.96 crore through bank demand drafts, ₹1.46 crore in donations online and ₹35 lakh through money orders.

Apart from cash donations, the trust also received gold ornaments weighing nearly 2.90 kg worth around ₹73 lakh and silver ornaments of 56 kg worth about ₹18 lakh, he said.

The trust also earned ₹3.18 crore from VIP devotees through darshan and aarti paid passes issued to them after 8 November, Tambe said.

In the last financial year, the famous Saibaba temple had received ₹162 crore through donation boxes, which comes out to an average of ₹44.38 lakh in a day.

However, after demonetisation, the Sansthan received an average ₹37.92 lakh donation in a day, Tambe added.

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