Published On: Fri, Nov 18th, 2016

Siddhivinayak temple’s cash donation shot up by 70 per cent


  • Cash donations have shot up by at least 70 per cent to over Rs 60 lakh

  • People donating black money, money donated to go towards welfare of poor people.

  • Post demonetisation, temples have seen several cash spikes.

Staff of Mumbai’s famous Siddhivinayak temple were in pleasant surprise on Wednesday. Donation boxes found filled more with old notes of 500 and 1000. The temple usually counts the amount of donations on every week (Monday), but it had deferred the counting by 2 days this week. When the donation boxes were opened today, it came to light that cash donations have shot up by at least 70 per cent to over Rs 60 lakh.


It is believed that people are resorting to donating black money to temples in order to avoid prosecution…and guess what the temple administration is very happy about it. Chairman of Siddhivinayak temple Mr Narendra Rane told TVTV that he heard people burning old currency notes, throwing away in dustbins. Instead of that it would be really good if they donate this money to temples


Rane informs that the trust will use this money for the welfare of poor people. Last year Siddhivinayak trust donated Rs forty cr for the drought affected areas of Maharashtra.

However if you want receipt of donation given in Rs 500 and 1000 notes they are not being accepted by the trust. These notes can only be put in donation boxes anonymously.


Ever since higher currency has been declared invalid, at many places temples have seen a spike in cash donations in old Rs 500 and 1000 notes.Kolhapur’s famous Mahalaxmi temple have also started counting donation this evening at very first time after the demonetization and according to the reports we have come to know that large number amounts donated was of Rs 500 and 1000.

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