India’s latest tax reform, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) doesn’t spare our temples. A hundred and seventy-one temples in Andhra Pradesh with an income above Rs 20 lakh have come under the GST.

There are 23,834 temples in the state, of which 45 temples come under the Rs 1 crore income category, 63 temples up to Rs 25 crore and seven temples with more than Rs 25 crore annual income, including Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), the country’s richest.

Even as TTD escapes GST levy, the ingredients that go into making ‘laddus’ such as cashew nut and cow ghee attracts GST of 5% and 12%, respectively.

Rooms with more than Rs 1,000 per day tariff attracts 18% GST, while certain Arjita Sevas are also expected to cost more from Saturday.

“We need to create awareness among TTD staff about the shift to GST, this is new for them,” a senior TTD officer said.

All 21 checkpoints along Andhra Pradesh’s borders, including the famous Ichoda check post, have been shut down forever.