According to reports, the temple earned Rs 1,1018 crore from offerings to its hundi alone in 2016.

With 273 crore visitors in 2016 Tirumala temple sees pilgrim footfall riseFile photo: PTI
news News Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 09:22

2.73 crore devotees were reported to have visited the Lord Venkateswara temple atop Tirumala in 2016, making it an increase from 2.66 crore in 2015.

According to a report in the Times of India, TTD executive officer Sambasiva Rao on Friday announced that the temple had earned Rs 1,1018 crore from its hundi, while it distributed around 10.34 crore laddus.

Reports add that it also earned an additional Rs 201 crore selling Rs 300 tickets for quick darshan, with as many as 67.12 lakh devotees availing the facility to buy these tickets online.

On Friday, the TTD also released its online quota of 50,974 Arjitha Seva tickets for the month of April. 

The TTD had approved a budget of Rs 2,678 crore for 2016-17.

At the time, the board had said that cash offerings was expected to net about Rs 1,010 crore while interest on investments deposited in various nationalized banks was estimated to account for Rs 757 crore.

The sale of human hair offered by millions of devotees after getting their heads tonsured was expected to fetch Rs 150 crore while sale of different worship tickets, including the Rs 500 VIP tickets and other pre-dawn rituals tickets was estimated to net Rs 264 crore.

A sum of Rs 1,14.5 crore was expected from letting out different accommodations allotted to the devotees.

They said Rs 500 crore was estimated for payments of salaries and other wages to about 9,000 TTD staff while Rs 199.25 crore had been projected for outsourcing expenses.

However, it would seem that the temple fared much better than its projection, especially after it saw its pilgrim count and anonymous donations rise, after demonetisation.


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