Ashada Month Devotees Rush: Chamundi Hill Temple Records Rs. 2.33 Crore Hundi Collection


Mysore/Mysore: The Chamundi Hill Templewhich opened to devotees after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, reported a record collection of Hundi (box of offerings) of Rs. 2.33 crores during Ashada month.

The collection comprises Rs. 2,29,93,719 in the form of banknotes and Rs. 3,57,531 in the form of coins. In addition, 270 grams of gold jewelry and 1 kg of silver jewelry were found in the offering box. Besides, the prohibited currency of more than Rs. 1 lakh which included Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes were also found.

The count of Hundi from the Chamundeshwari temple began yesterday, with more than 250 people, including staff from Karnataka Gramin Bank (formerly Kaveri Grameena Bank), taking part in the count.

The General Manager of Chamundi Hill Temple, CG Krishna said that apart from the Hundi collection, the temple has recorded a gate collection of Rs. 1,03,69,270 through the sale of special entry tickets during Ashada month, which saw thousands of devotees from across the state and neighboring states thronging the temple during the four Fridays of Ashada and Chamundeshwari Vardhanti which took place on July 20.

The temple in the past had recorded a collection of Rs. 1.59 crore, which was the highest so far. But now a new record has been set with the Hundi collection crossing Rs. 2 crore for the first time in Ashada month, he said.

Meanwhile, it is learned that the Chamundeshwari Hill Temple, despite its record revenue, has lost revenue to the tune of Rs. 50 lakh as the number of devotees failed to meet expectations. Authorities expected large numbers of worshipers this year as the temple was opened to them after a two-year hiatus. The expected shortfall is also attributed to the distribution of a high number of VIP passes.


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