Shirdi temple has jewelry worth over Rs. 32-cr.


Nagpur: The famous pilgrim centre of Shri Saibaba temple in Shirdi, one of the richest temples in Maharashtra, has ornaments and jewelry worth over Rs. 32-crore and investments running into Rs. 4,271,702,929, according to official documents.

The administration of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi), governed by the Managing Committee which was constituted by the Maharashtra government   way back on August 23, 2004 has Kisan Vikas Patras worth Rs. 517,100,100 besides government of India eight-percent Saving Bonds amounting to Rs. 481,553,000 and  Rs. 8-cr. in non-re-deemable  bonds  of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhi-karan, and Rs. 3,19,30,49,929 in various nationalized banks.

It has Rs. 47,82,31,835.64 as Trust Corpus Fund.

The temple trust has ornaments and jewelry, including gold worth Rs. 24,41,10,640, silver — Rs. 3,26,19,152; silver coins — Rs. 612,317; gold coins           — Rs. 1,28,89,749 and gold pendants worth Rs. 1,12,31,903, the Trust Auditor Sharad S. Gaikwad said in his annul audit for 2009-10 as the annual report was tabled in the State Legislature during its winter session in December 2010 here.

The total worth of the ornaments and jewelry stands at Rs. 32,23,59,372.

The temple has earned a  surplus income of Rs. 94,67,79,142 in year 2009-10 as against Rs. 87,22,71,012 in year 2008-09.

The total income during the year 2009-10 was Rs. 1,64,88,01,030 by way of rent, interest on savings bank accounts, investments and donations against Rs. 1,51,51,43,503 in the previous year.

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