A total of Rs 90,850 was collected at the Mansa Devi shrine through coins offered on the fifth day of Navratra. Behind evaluating this amount is seven hours of labour by more than 25 workers and a weighing machine.
In the cash counting room of the shrine where thousands of coins lay spread on the floor,these workers handpick and separate them according to their denominations and then weigh them in packets to calculate the value of the collection. Including the old and new variants of five denominations,eight categories have been chalked by the workers who put the coins in plastic bags in such a way that the value of every parcel would be Rs 500.
We accumulate the coins as per their denominations and type in such a way that every lot values Rs 500, said VP Bali,accounts manager,Mansa Devi Shrine Board. As Pavitra Devi,a homeguard,seals an old Re 1 coins parcel,she is surrounded by some 50 parcels of 50 paise,Rs 2,Rs 5 and Rs 10 coins. Lot of people especially kids who collect coins regularly donate them at the shrine during Navratras.
The system devised by her colleagues is such that every 2440 gm of the old Re 1 coin would amount to Rs 500 while it would take 21500 gm of the old Rs 2 coins to value the same.
Everyday around 25 to 30 workers from the board and various other departments work from 9.30am to 4.30pm to calculate the offerings made in cash and kind. The amount is then handed over to the bank and later utilised for charity purposes Bali added.
Other than coins,in five days of Navratras,10,168 kg of ghee has been received. Also,devotees offer items like electric fans and wall clocks other than money and gold and silver items. Nine electric fans have been donated.