Maha: Saibaba trust gets whopping Rs 3.88 cr donations during Ram Navmi celebrations
The sansthan received Rs 1.96 crore in cash boxes, Rs 62 lakh at donation counters and Rs 25 lakh through donations made online during the Ram Navmi festival held here from March 27-29.
Besides, gold and silver ornaments worth Rs five lakh have also been received, Sansthan's chief accounts officer Dilip Zirpe told PTI here last evening.
The evaluation of the foreign currency donated by devotees from 20 countries during the three-day event was yet to be done, he said.
The trust also received offerings worth about Rs 1 crore, including an air-conditioning system of Rs 86 lakh from a Delhi-based devotee, two 'chapatti' preparing machines by a devotee from Bangalore for Saibaba's prasadalaya costing Rs 13.60 lakh and one person from Delhi donated two machines to make packets of 'prasad', costing Rs eight lakh, he said.
Till March 31, 2015, the Saibaba trust's fixed deposits stood at Rs 1,375 crore in various nationalised banks, showing an increase of 25 to 30 per cent in last five years, Zirpe said adding that in 2009-10, the FDs were worth Rs 427 crore.
During the three-day Ram Navmi festival, over two lakh devotees from different parts of the country offered prayers at the shrine here.
Of them 1.5 lakh devotees enjoyed free meal at the prasadalaya from another Rs 23 lakh donated by devotees. The sansthan sold 1.30 lakh 'ladu' packets at sale counters during the festival, he said.
Atleast one lakh devotees from various states carrying Saibaba palanquins reached Shirdi after foot march and offered prayers at the temple here during the event, he added.