Tahlka News Desk
New Delhi: The famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala is caught in a engaging situation as it has received over ₹4 crore in demonetised ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes from devotees in its 'hundi' in the last two months, past the deadline for their exchange.
The temple administration has written to the government and the Reserve Bank of India on the fate of the accumulated notes and was awaiting a response, a top official said on Thursday.
Thousands of devotees thronging the cash-rich temple from various parts of the country continued to offer the junked currency in the 'hundi' along with valid notes even after the deadline for exchange of demonetised notes expired on 30 December.
More than ₹4 crore in demonetised currency had been offered in the hundi, Executive Officer of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), which administers the ancient shrine, D Sambasiva Rao said.
"We have already written to the RBI and Government of India about the demonetised notes offered by devotees as fulfilment of their vows and are awaiting a reply," he told . The hundi in the shrine annually gets more than ₹1,000 crore besides gold and silver offerings, temple officials said.
The government has notified a law that makes holding of more than 10 scrapped notes punishable with a minimum fine of ₹10,000.