Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes bundles found in Sri Jalagendeswarar
VELLORE: On Sunday, the authorities of the famous Sri Jalagendeswarar Temple in Vellore Fort were in for a surprise when they opened the hundial (collection box). They found the demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency notes' bundles along with a few currency notes of lesser denominations.
According to the temple authorities, they opened the hundial at about 8.30 pm after closing the temple for the day. They found 30 bundles of Rs 1,000 denomination and 28 bundles of Rs 500 denomination with the lesser denominations of Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 20 and Rs 10 and coins in the hundial which has been installed in front of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
"The total amount found in the hundial today is Rs 44,34,473," said the secretary of Sri Jalagandeswarar Dharma Sthapanam S Suresh Kumar. Of these, the demonetised currency notes were worth Rs 44,29,500 lakh. "Apart from the bundles of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 we also found 29 notes of Rs 1,000 and one Rs 500 note in the hundial and this comes to Rs 29,500," added
They usually found anything between Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 in the hundial as offering from the devotees. They open the hundial daily after closing the temple, he said, adding, "We will deposit the demonetised currencies in the account of Sri Jalagandeswarar Dharma Sthapanam, which is manning the temple, in State Bank of India".
This is the first time the temple hundial has received such a huge amount as an offering. It is definitely the fallout of the Central Government's announcement of the demonetisation of the high-value currencies. "It is one of the expected outcomes of the government's decision as people who amassed money through illegal means will dump them in temple hundials.
It is just the beginning and in the coming days, the temple hundials will see bundles of the high value currencies as there was no way to turn the black money into white money," said a bank staff in the city.