The Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam is considered the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth. Pilgrims from around the world, come here and takes blessing of the lord and offer huge amounts of donations in various forms like money, gold and sliver ornaments.
It is evaluated that Over 35,000 kg of coins belonging to various countries, are offered by devotees to the Lord Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala. This fund is going to be exchanged with banks soon. The coins were deposited in the ‘hundi’ of the hill temple by devotees from across the world. The major share of the foreign coins was from Malaysia, Singapore and the US.
What is the purpose of the hundi?
It is believed that Lord Srinivasa had to make arrangements for his wedding. Lord Kubera credited money to Lord Venkateswara for his marriage with Padmavathi. Srinivasa sought a loan of one crore and 11.4 million (11,400,000) coins of gold from Kubera and had Viswakarma, the divine architect, to create heavenly surroundings in the Seshadri hills. Together, Srinivasa and Padmavathi lived happily for all eternity while Goddess Lakshmi, understanding the commitments of Lord Vishnu, chose to live in his heart forever. In remembrance of this, devotees go to Tirupati to donate money to Venkateswara’s hundi (donation pot) so that he can pay it back to Kubera.
In the last eight days, during the nine-day Brahmotsavams this year, the Hundi collected Rs. 20.24 crore. For the first time in the history of the TTD, the income derived from the temple Hundi by way of offerings has exceeded Rs. 1,010 crore, surpassing the one thousand crore mark. Temple sources said that in April 2010, the temple deposited 3,000 kg of gold with SBI in gold offerings in the temple hundi by devotees, which had accumulated for the last several years.
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