Ranked among the top 10 richest temple trusts of the country, the Shirdi Sai Sansthan Trust attracts over 10 million devotees from all over the world. The devotees who turn up in large numbers have been generous in donating to the temple. Annual donations to the temple are estimated at over Rs 500 crores.
A temple the size of Shirdi, however, has had a tough time managing 'small change'.
The small change, the temple of Shirdi collects is tons of coins in several denominations. Until some time ago the temple officials would deposit the daily collection into chests which were opened and offloaded every Tuesday and Friday. However, with time the problem of shifting tons of coins from the temple to banks has become a big challenge for the trust.
B.B. Ghorpade, Chief Accounts Officer of the temple trust explains that the issue began sometime a year ago. He explains that "In denominations of Rs 1, 2, 5 and 10, the coins weigh several tonnes, which have to be counted, accounted and then deposited with the various banks where the SSST holds accounts."
The trust receives Rs 4 crores worth of coins and another Rs 150 crores in currency items. There is valuable stuff such as gold and silver as well.
"Since the past three months, we have been depositing them with banks in turns whenever they had space to accommodate them. But even then the problems continued," Ghorpade rued.
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