Mysuru, August 31:- The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every other sector in the world. Ever since the lockdown was declared in the month of March in India, auto rickshaw drivers and roadside vendors and many small-time businessmen have been hit hard financially.
For that matter, even the temples in Mysuru district have seen a downfall in their earnings. One of the famous temples in South India, Srikanteshwara Temple in Nanjangud, which attracts lakhs of devotees right through the year, has reported a steep decline in its annual earnings. It is Rs 5 crore less than what it would have been at this time of the year.
Compared to last year, the collection is down by Rs 41,57,204. The hundi collection on August 11 was Rs 69,249.00. In January this year, the temple had a hundi collection of Rs 1,10,82,900. In view of the pandemic, entry of the devotees to the temple was shut for close to four months which resulted in the less hundi collection. What is more, people are donating banned notes and around Rs 11,500 worth invalid notes have been received by the temple so far. Last time, banned notes worth Rs 80,500 were found in the hundi. This time, people have donated foreign currencies as well. (MR/KS)