Mahavir Temple second highest income earner in north India after Vaishno Devi
Patna,(BiharTimes): Mahavir Mandir near Patna railway Junction has been the second highest income earner in North India for the fourth consecutive year after the Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Acharya Kishore Kunal, secretary of the Mahavir Mandir Trust, this income does not include income from different hospitals run by the Temple Trust. The total income of the temple during 2012-13 was Rs 7.5 crore, which was Rs one crore more than the last year income. It includes Rs 2.81 crore collected through offerings by the devotees and Rs 2.87 crore through sale of “naivedyam” (laddu). The Temple has received Rs 1.37 crore through fees for different kinds of pujas and “daridra narayan bhoj”.
He said Rs 15.75 lakh was received through donations, Rs 12 lakh through sale on different counters and Rs 15.75 lakh through bank interest and other sources.
During 2012-13, Rs one crore was spent on treatment of poor patients suffering from cancer and other serious ailments and about Rs l. 68 crore on acquisition of land for the proposed 'Virat Ramayan Mandir' in East Champaran. The Temple management also spent Rs 40 lakh for the ‘kalash’ over its spires. The purchase of white marble from Vietnam and granite from Bangalore cost Rs 28 lakh.
Kunal said the remaining amount has been spent over renovation of subsidiary temples and towards the establishment of Virat Ramayan Mandir.
During the current financial year, the Trust has restored its 8 katthas of Thakurbari land on the main road of Sheikhpura in Patna.
Besides, a 'matth' of Mahavir Mandir having 25 acres of land located six km away from Paswan Chowk at Hajipur in Vaishali district before Bidupur has been restored to the Trust.
Kunal also said that the Trust would continue to spend Rs one crore on the treatment of poor patients suffering from cancer and other serious diseases. However, its main thrust would be on the construction of Virat Ramayan Mandir.