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Rs 500, Rs 1000 donations at Puri Jagannath Temple on record high

The Jagannath Temple administration in Puri received the maximum donation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes on Wednesday unlike normal days.

On normal days, the temple receives donation comprising mostly Rs 100 and Rs 50 denominations.

Call it the panic among pilgrims to dispose the two junked higher currency notes, Puri Jagannath Temple received Rs 59,102 more donation on Wednesday as against Rs 3,07,258 received the previous day.

“We received a total of Rs 3,66,360 donation from hundi (a huge donation box) kept near Jagamohan complex inside the temple. The amount of the donation is more than what we received on Monday and Tuesday. Unlike other days, the number of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes found in the hundi was on a higher side,” temple’s public relations officer Laxmidhar Pujapanda said.

The 12th century shrine administration said it has tied up with a nationalized bank to make daily collection of the donation from the hundi for deposit.

However, the temple administration has stopped receiving the higher currency notes directly from devotees. The temple administration also receives donation directly from pilgrims at its four information centres in Puri and one centre in Bhubaneswar. There is also a provision of online donation to the Lord, which has remained unaffected.

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