Coronavirus-induced lockdowns have affected the income of Shirdi Saibaba temple in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust CEO Kanhuraj Bagate has said that the total income of the temple has declined due to lesser number of visitors.
The shrine received the income of ₹115.16 crore from March 17 to August 31 this year, as against ₹289.55 it had received in the corresponding period last year. This means the income has dipped by ₹174 crore, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust CEO Kanhuraj Bagate said.
The shrine has been closed for devotees since March 17 in view of COVID-19 restrictions. However, there is a rise in donations made through the online mode compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.