Tirupati Handi Nets Rs 4.75 Cr, Largest Collection Since Note Ban

It was the highest collection for a single day since demonetisation.

The offering box at the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati on Monday netted cash offerings to the tune of Rs 4.75 crore in new notes, the highest single day collection post demonetisation.

Temple SourcesSince the announcement of demonetisation scheme, everyday the handi (offering box) had collected between Rs 2.5 and Rs 3 crore, besides offerings in gold and silver, from thousands of devotees across the country, who are undeterred by demonetisation.

The temple sources also said that the day’s collection surprised the temple staff when they emptied the seven-foot high hundi for counting as a single offering of over Rs 1 crore was found in a bag along with other cash and precious offerings, the sources said.

In April 2012, on the auspicious ‘Sri Rama Navami’ day, the handi had received the biggest single day cash offerings of Rs 5.73 crore.

It was the highest collection ever in the hill shrine's history, besides other precious offerings, they added.