Not just rain-hit farmers but gods and goddesses in the district too will receive compensation for the crop losses caused by recent hailstorm and unseasonal rains in the state.
The agriculture lands are recorded under names of several gods and goddesses in the revenue land records in the district, said Chandrashaker Chohan, revenue official (Tehsildar) of Hindoli block.
Chohan said the names of these gods are sent to the government for compensation. The amount has already been received under the names of these deities, he added.
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Compensation for the damaged crops has been received under the names of the temple deities and it will be disbursed on submission of an affidavit by trustees or priests of the temple, said Dhanraj Sharma, revenue official (Thesildar) of Keshoraipatan block.
Large swaths of agricultural land in the district are registered in the name of gods and goddesses. In the erstwhile days, kings and royal families would donate acres of lands to temples under the names of deities dwelling there.
Generations of priests and their families, serving in these temples, still earn their livelihood toiling on these lands.
Deities of Nolekhaji Maharaj, Sri Kalayanji Maharaj, Raktdantika, Chotmata, Charbhujaji, Devji, Narsinghji, Ragjunathji, Balaji, Chamunda and several other in temples across the district own acres of agricultural land.
Head priest of Keshoraipatan temple, Seshnarayan Sharma, said God Keshoraiji of the temple owns 2,419 bigas of agriculture land across the state.
Funds for farmers of 122 villages of Keshoraipatan block have been received and is being distributed among them, Sharma said.