Often known as ‘Dev Bhoomi’ with Shaktipeeth temples that draw lakhs of devotees yearly, the temples in Himachal Pradesh have over 500 kg gold and 19-tonne silver in 29 temples.
Moreover the gold and silver reserves, these temples have round Rs 400 crore in money and banks as mounted deposits.
The gold, silver and money had been acquired in donations through the years from devotees throughout the nation who throng these temples yearly, particularly throughout ‘Navratras’.
These 29 temples have been included in Schedule 1 of Himachal Pradesh Hindu Public Non secular Establishments and Charitable Endowments Act 1984 they usually maintain temple property with personal funds.
The well-known Shaktipeeth, Chintpurni Temple in Una district is among the many richest temple of the state with 198 kg of gold, 71.42 quintal silver, Rs 102 core in mounted deposits and Rs 1.57 crore money.
The Chintpurni temple is adopted by Mata Naina Devi Temple in Bilaspur district which has 180 kg of gold, 72.92 quintal silver, Rs 58 crore in mounted deposits and Rs 11.47 crore in money.
The knowledge was tabled in the home by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in reply to a query by chief of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri.
The Shaktipeeth in Kangra district, Brajeshwari Devi Temple has 33 kg gold, 10 quintal silver together with Rs 3.54 crore in mounted deposit and Rs 1.17 crore money.
Jwalaji Temple in Kangra district, one other Shaktipeeth of Himachal Pradesh has 23 kg gold, eight quintal silver, Rs 53 crore in mounted deposits and Rs 3.42 crore in money.
Amongst different temples which have a big quantity of gold and money reserves are Laxminarayana Temple in Chamba district, Baba Balak Nath Temple in Hamirpur district, Chamunda Devi Temple in Kangra district, Bhimakali Temple in Shimla district and Mahamaya Balasundari Temple in Sirmaur district.
Thakur knowledgeable the state meeting that the state authorities had acquired 35 temples and the administration of those temples had been overseen by the federal government.
It’s worthwhile to say right here that these temples additionally make the most of the funds for the wedding of ladies from poor households, moreover different social actions.
The funds are additionally used for the beautification of temples, growth and creating facilities for devotees and vacationers.
These temples are run underneath a belief and Deputy Commissioner of the involved district holds the cost of head of the temple belief.
As a report of state authorities that was submitted within the Excessive Courtroom, the state authorities had submitted in 2018 that these temples had acquired Rs 361 crore in money donations.
It’s worthwhile to say right here that 20 per cent of gold is used underneath Gold Bond scheme of State Financial institution whereas 50 per cent gold is transformed in biscuits or cash which is later bought to devotees at market charges.
Aside from this, 20 per cent of gold is stored in temples as reserve.