After 16 months, temples and households have turned over just seven tonnes of gold out of the 24,000 tonnes believed to be in private hands, two industry sources and a government official said, with almost all the gold coming from temples.
Even as temple donations have fallen an estimated 30%-35% in January 2017 due to demonetisation, Gods are now turning cashless with Freecharge, Mobikwik and Paytm.
Unaccounted wealth is now in the banking system thanks to demonetisation. Publicly available data shows how different routes were used to bring the money in
With the Centre abolishing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes in a bid to tame black money, there are fears that more ingenious among black-money holders might use the temple route to get rid of their ill-gotten wealth.
Even as bickering is on in Mumbai over the venue for Bal Thackeray's memorial, the Bhadravati municipal corporation in distant Chandrapur district in East Maharashtra is mulling construction of 'temple' dedicated to the Shiv Sena patriarch.
Millions of devotees in India and abroad may be able to offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi online during Navaratri...
The Wisconsin gurudwara that was attacked last Sunday, leaving seven people dead, including shooter Wade Michael Page, has been reopened to the public. The police handed over the premises to the management early on Friday morning, five days after the tragic shooting that killed six worshippers.