What could possibly be the largest donation to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, an ancestral house worth Rs 5 crore was given away to the temple’s trust on Wednesday by a Mumbai-based industrialist.
Temple authorities, who have already begun working on a plan for the building, intend on converting it into a guest house for devotees and setting up the annakshetra (kitchen) of the deity here.
Ganesh Gupta formally registered the building, located at Dashashwamedh Ghat, in the name of temple trust at the registrar’s office, paying a stamp duty worth Rs 33 lakh.
“Gupta is a religious man and he is involved in several charitable works. He has set an example by donating his ancestral building to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust. Soon, a detailed project report on using the building as a guesthouse will be presented before the trustees,” PN Dwivedi, additional chief executive officer of the temple trust said.
Divisional commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn added that house would accelerate the extension of the Kashi Vishwanath temple. The building has 38 rooms and is spread over the 3,050 square feet.
Gupta set the donation in motion when he contacted Dwivedi and apprised him of his intention a few months ago. After the proposal was passed onto the divisional commissioner and the principal secretary of religious endowments, a date was set. “In my knowledge, this is the largest donation ever,” Dwivedi said.
Gupta, who has been living in Mumbai for two decades, grew up in this house. The building lay vacant for years before he decided to give it away. It was renovated before being handed over.
“I have dedicated the house to Vishwanath. Whatever I possess is because of the Lord’s blessings. Therefore, I decided to dedicate my ancestral house to the feet of Lord Vishwanath,” Gupta said.
The industrialist was accompanied by his wife Abha Gupta and a few other relatives during the registration, according to Gupta’s lawyer, Prashant Srivastava.