Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala hundi nets ₹1,161.74 cr. in 2019

File photo of employees counting currency notes in Tirupati.

File photo of employees counting currency notes in Tirupati.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

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Devotees’ offerings sees a rise of ₹95 crore, up 8.9% over the previous year, a 6% increase in rental income from cottages and guest houses, and the famed Tirupati laddu sales too jump

The just-concluded calendar year 2019 was bountiful for the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) in the form of hundi collections and revenue by way of rentals from cottages and guest houses that it owns.

According to TTD statistics, the ‘hundi’ at the temple of Lord Venkateswara registered a record increase of 8.9% during 2019. Overall income (excluding gold, silver and other precious stones) alone stood at a staggering ₹1,161.74 crore against ₹1,066.48 crore in 2018, up by ₹95.25 crore.

Similarly, revenue earned by way of letting out of cottages and guest houses on a daily rental basis also stood at an all-time high of ₹83.71 crore in 2019, against ₹78.68 crore during the previous year, registering an increase of 6%. Unlike in previous years the occupancy ratio of the cottages and guest houses also stood at a 106%, higher by seven per cent than in 2018.

Laddus sales roll

About 12.5 crore units (pieces) of laddus were sold in 2019, in contrast to 11.06 crore the previous year.

Annadanam

While about 6.46 crore pilgrims partook free meals at the Matrusri Tarigonda Vengamamba Nitya Annadaanam Complex against 6.09 crore in 2018, there was a slight decline in the devotees availing themselves the hot beverages in the darshan lines (outside the Vaikuntam Complex) who numbered around 3.71 crore, less by 15.16 lakh.

The turnout at Kalyanakatta was also impressive with 1.17 crore devotees getting their heads tonsured as against 1.13 crore in 2018.

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Printable version | Jan 25, 2020 10:08:13 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/lord-venkateswaras-hundi-collections-overfloweth/article30468857.ece

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