Covid-19: World's richest temple Tirupati struggles for cash to pay salaries to staff
TTD or Tirupati Balaji temple in Andra Pradesh is out of cash to pay salaries and pensions to their employees. The reserves are still untouched.
The Covid -19 situation is getting worsen day by day. This has also affected one of the World’s richest Thirupati Balaji temple. The temple has lost 400 Cr revenue due to lockdown. Nearly 80 thousand to 1 lakh people use to visit the temple, now it was reduced to 30 to 40 thousand in March before lockdown. Since the lockdown has been announced the temple has been closed for almost 50 days for now.
TTD has to shell out approximately Rs 120 crore as a monthly expenses during lockdown. The major chunk is going to salaries and the pensions. Even if the devotees are not allowed inside temple due to covid-19 the temple has to perform their daily duties and weekly rituals.
However, the temple doesn’t want to touch about Rs 14,000 crore it has deposited with the banks as fixed deposits nor “touch” the eight tonnes of gold reserve it has.
Till now, Andhra Pradesh has reported 1,980 Covid-19 cases with 45 deaths. Among the latest to test positive 11 persons found in Chittoor district, in which the Sri Venkateswara temple is located.
Venkateswara, a form of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.At the time of this kalyuga hope the sins of humans will be forgived by god Venkateshwara and Shri Balaji will bring us to normal life soon.