Bhubaneswar: The Puri Shree Jagannath Temple has received Rs 187,01,85,000 as donation from devotees by the end of January, informed Law Minister Pratap Jena in the State Assembly on Tuesday.
In reply to a query asked by BJD MLA Umakant Samantray, the Minister said the the Shreemandir also received 17.756 kg of gold including jewellery and 277.95 kg of silver from devotees during this period. Besides, the temple received ‘Paata’ clothes, Ghanta and clothes used in covering chariots as donations.
Jena further informed that the cash received as donations is parked in banks and is used to provide salary to servitors. The grocery items received from devotees are utilised for preparations of ‘Kotha Bhog’.
The Minister also informed that the Government has decided to appoint a fulltime Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).