The famous Shirdi Saibaba temple has received Rs 2.28 crore from devotees in cash boxes in the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes since the announcement of demonetisation, the temple management said on Saturday.
Following the Income Tax department’s instructions, the Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) stopped depositing these defunct notes in the bank since November 24.
The temple received a whopping Rs 1.57 crore in old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in the cash boxes between November 8 and November 24, said Bajirao Shinde, executive officer of the Trust.
Since November 8, SSST had stopped accepting donations in defunct notes at its donation counters but devotees continued to put old notes in the cash boxes.
On November 24, SSST received a letter from the Income Tax department, asking it not to deposit the defunct notes in the bank any further, said Shinde. The SSST then pasted instructions on all the cash boxes, asking people not to put the defunct notes.
However, people still dropped old notes in the boxes and SSST received another Rs 71 lakhs in defunct notes that have been kept in the temple’s treasury, Shinde said.
The temple is awaiting instructions from the IT department on how to deal with this cash, the official said. HVJ KRK SRY SRE