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Shirdi Saibaba temple witnesses huge spurt in donations

The famous Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust has witnessed a steady rise in its fortunes in the form of donations from devotees over the last few years, a senior official of the organisation said on Friday.

The SSST has received Rs. 22,84,00,000 through donations, either in ‘hoondis’ (cash boxes) or online in the past three (financial) years from 2012-13 to 2014-15, SSST’s Executive Officer (EO) Rajendra Jadhav said.

Devotees from various countries have donated a total of Rs. 17,87,53,465 in the hoondis in the said financial years while they donated Rs. 4,96,93,109 online in that period, he said.

The SSST received foreign currency worth Rs. 5,73,46,127 in its cash boxes in financial year 2012-13 while in 2013-14, it received Rs. 6,02,56,661 and in 2014-15, it received Rs. 6,11,50,677, indicating growth in the donation from abroad.

As far as online donations are concerned, in 2012-13, devotees donated Rs. 97,40,751 while the figure increased to Rs. 1,53,10,114 in 2013-14 and further rose to Rs. 2,46,42,244 in 2014-15, Jadhav said.

In past three years, SSST received donations from 94 countries in its hoondis, which include USD worth Rs. 10,54,00,000, followed by British Pounds of Rs. 1,60,00,000 value, UAE Dirham worth Rs. 1,01,00,000, Canadian Dollar valuing at Rs. 99 lakh, Australian Dollar worth Rs. 68 lakh, Malaysian Ringgit worth Rs. 66 lakh, Euro valuing at Rs. 54 lakh and Singapore Dollar of Rs. 51 lakh value, he said.

Besides these foreign currencies, donations from 84 countries like Japan, China, Bangladesh, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico were received by the Trust, he said.

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