Demonetisation Brought Plethora of Donations in Religious Places of Rajasthan

Religious places in Jaipur seem to be recovering from the cash crunch effects of demonetisation. There was a pause for a while and then the devotees has again started adding donations like before. In Dhelana town of Rajsamand district, Bhairavnath temple saw a steep hike in the donations by all the devotees after this Diwali. In the assessment and count of temple donations, Rs. 32 lakh cash has been received.

From this temple treasure, Rs. 28 lakh is in use for the assessment period. There are also offerings in kind, such as its has 4.5 kg silver and 11 gm gold. As per the sources, “Typically, the temple receives donations of Rs 2-3 lakh in a quarter, however, this time the donations have seen a 10-fold jump”. Karan Singh, SHO, Amet police station said, “A police team was deployed while the counting took place, however, we didn’t have much to do since the temple authorities have deposited the money in their bank account”.


This squirt in donations associates with demonetisation, because people are in constant attempt to get rid of their old currency notes putting them into donation boxes at temples throughout the country.

The committee availed the permit to open yellow donation box to deposit the deposited older currency notes in banks. Apart from this, Dargah Ajmer Nazim has confirmed that they are getting new notes donations.

Likewise, the religious and holy place Pushkar is slowly surfacing from the heavy loss they had to face during the time of demonetisation. The old currency ban happened in the middle of Pushkar fair which caused to deteriorating sale of products of in the fair. Amit Karith Sharma (a priest of in Pushkar temple) said, “The number of devotees have registered a sharp decline and so have the donations and offerings. The situation has slightly improved in a week. I am hoping that by the end of January, things will normalise”.