'Karnataka temples cannot revive revenues unless normalcy returns'


Bengaluru, Aug 6 (IANS): As much as 50 to 60 per cent of revenue loss is being reported by Karnataka temples due to lack of footfalls and it cannot be reversed unless things turn normal again, said an official on Thursday.

"No, you can't. Every sector has been in some amount of financial loss. There is no way you can cover it. It just has to get back to normal. A loss is a loss," told Hindu Religious Institutions Charitable Endowment Department Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri to IANS.

Sindhuri was speaking about whether there was any strategy for the government to cover the revenue shortfall in thousands of temples in the state because offerings have been missed for weeks together.


Rohini Sindhuri

The Coronavirus pandemic and the multiple lockdowns have led to shutting down of all religious places for several weeks and when they eventually reopened the temples did not see the pre-Covid type devote hustle and bustle, drying up their coffers.

Though Sinduri said the estimated loss would be in the range of 50 to 60 per cent, she has admitted that the exact loss would be difficult to count.

"We have not computed it in that manner. Only that the footfalls have fallen drastically, 50 - 60 per cent less (revenue). If you see the major temples, proportionately the revenue also fell by 50 - 60 per cent," she said.

Similarly, the endowments department has also not compared the revenue loss vis-A-vis last year to arrive at a particular figure.

The commissioner clarified that they cannot arrive at a figure.

According to Sindhuri, temple revenue is generally calculated from the offerings earned through sevas and hundis (offering box).

The department also offers e-seva booking at seven temples, as listed on its official website.

They are Sri Kolluru Mookambhika, Kukke Sri Subramanya, Nanjangud Sri Srikanteshwara, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysuru, Renuka Yellamma Devi Temple, Belagavi, Sri Kateel Durga Parameshwari and Sri Banashankari Temple, Bengaluru.

Likewise, there is no custom as such that all the hundis will be opened on a particular day.

"Because of the pandemic and all we have not opened it (hundis) in many temples, that itself is an exercise. You have to open, you have people and cameras, so none of those exercises have been done," observed Sindhuri.

She clarified that all the temples are open currently at the state level but there may be some temples closed down temporarily for some local reason or custom.

"Right now all the temples are open. Except in some districts, if there is a fair or something going on and they decide not to... Locally some are closed, at the state level all are open," she said.

After more than two months, temples in Karnataka re-opened their doors to devotees on June 1.

As many as 34,558 temples in the southern state, including Karnataka State Choultries at Tirumala and Mantralaya in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, are managed by the department.

 

 

 

  

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Rohiniji,

    Govt had paid salary by withdrawals from Temples for decades. Let the Govt. hereafter withdraw the same from other religious places instead of Temples alone.

    Hindus were tolerant and allowed withdrawals by the treasury. Other religion speak loud on Desh Bhakthi. Let the Govt. give them chance from now onward at least.

    Many have done Haj Pilgrimage and acquired blessings from Allah. But Yediyurappaji and Modiji are silent about the contributions done by those Haj Pilgrims.

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Mamu, it's good if the government take care of the welfare of the Churches and Mosques in return of income of the these holy places because in Churches and Mosques, offerings are not in Gold or Silver in Tons, instead in Coins that also smallest in value!!! And, once the government took over, even coins also will disappear and you will find empty offering boxes!!!

    Don't think that Mamu, you Chaddi Bhaktas are more intelligent than IAS officers.
    They knew this Mamu, for the collection of hundred rupees government has to spend thousand rupees!!!
    That deal would be like Feku Chacha's " AAJ RAAT BAHRA BAJE " Demonitisation and Gabber Singh Tax!!!

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Why does not Church and Mosque offerings go to Govt booty?

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  • Mohan Prabhu,, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    If the government had left the religious sectors alone without interfering with their fundamental freedom of religion, they could fend for themselves without government handouts.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    are temples profit/revenue centres?... are they one of the "economic sectors"? ... do temples have profit & loss a/c ?

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  • Polinami, Bajpe

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Yes. Temples and religious centres are profit centres. They are like any other business. They have their own societal values. They have large social impacts, larger the temple/ religious establishment larger is the impact. See how may livelihoods are supported by these places.
    All these places have audited accounts, balance sheets and income and expenditure statements. They may not name them as profit and loss statement , though.
    Till now I was under the impression that this business activity is the most profitable venture, without any business risk. The COVID pandemic changed this perception totally.

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  • Manoj B, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    @ Polinami, Bajpe
    salute from this end

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Rohini, Let we all pray for Covid19 patience recovery and early vaccination. Don't look temples as business point of view.

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  • Chandra, Surathkal

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    So sad.............such a honest officer is working for endowment dept

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Chandra, BJP doesn't like Honest officers!!! They need only "ಹೊಗಳು ಬಟ್ಟಾಸ್" around them or looters like Nirav, Choksi, Mallya, Lalits or Sengar, Nityanandas and Chinmayanands!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Why do Religious Institutions need money during the Pandemic ...

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  • Kimar, MANGALORE

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Salaries, maintenance etc have to continue

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  • Satish, udupi

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    Revenues generated by those temples goes to the government. i believe same should apply to mosque and churches also.

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  • john, mangalore

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    If govt will take care of all expenses like salaries, maintenance and upkeep of property, we will be very happy

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  • Ravi, Udupi

    Thu, Aug 6 2020

    yes. Coronavirus pandemic has led to this. Hope everything goes back to normal soon.

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