As the nine-day Navratra festival concluded on Saturday, the total cash donations made by the devotees at the historic Mata Mansa Devi Temple reached Rs 1.34 crore. A large number of jewellery items, utensils and electrical items were also donated.
While the total donations this year is less than last year’s Rs 1.50 crore, the number of gold items donated by the devotees, too, has also dropped down to half. Last year, the devotees donated as many 121 gold items while this year it is 69, however, the silver items were more this year.
Devotees came in large numbers to pay obeisance at the Mata Mansa Devi and Kali Mata templeduring the Navratra festival which began March 21. The festival recorded a maximum turnout of 55 lakh devotees.
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“Foreign currency were also donated, including 365 American dollars, 250 Canadian dollars, 185 Australian currency, 25 pounds, 30 New Zealand dollars and 20 Euros,” said Deputy Commissioner (DC), and the Administrator, Mansa Devi Shrine Board, Vivek Atray.
Utensils, fans, lights, wall clocks, ghee containers, were among other things donated by the people.
“The last two days of the Navratra, maha-ashtami and maha-navami recorded the maximum turnout of devotees.A total donation of Rs 37.6 lakh was received on the last two days, including 30 gold items and 355 silver items,” said Rakesh Pahuja, accounts officer, Mansa Devi Temple.
While there were no VIP passes this year, invitation cards were given to ministers, senior officials and mediapersons. There was a special entry for the differently abled.
This year’s Navratra also saw the launch of Mansa Devi app, which is meant to provide details about the temple, including people to contact, and the history of the temple.