New curbs not aimed at generating revenue: Shirdi Sansthan
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 22:09
Mumbai: The Shirdi Sansthan authorities today said the new proposals to charge VIPs for 'darshan' at the popular Saibaba temple were aimed at controlling the hordes of devotees with VIP passes and not an attempt to boost revenues.

"The Saibaba temple is one of the richest in the country, with investments of Rs 406 crore," Sansthan trustee Ashok Khambekar told PTI over phone.

"During last year, the temple received Rs 95 crore 'gupt dhan' (secret offering), Rs 107 crore donations, 15 kg gold and 282 kg silver," Khambekar said.

The move to charge 'VIP devotees' has been made for the convenience of the common man as there is a feeling that those with VIP passes get preference at the cost of the common devotee who stands in a queue.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has suggested that the Sansthan contribute Rs 50 crore towards the airport coming up at Kakdi, 18 km from Shirdi, he said.

The trustees, at a meeting here yesterday, decided to do away with VIP darshan because it caused inconvenience, and introduce paid darshan, on the lines of Tirupati temple.


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 22:09

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