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As part of the ongoing Dasara celebrations, a temple in Andhra Pradesh has been adorned with almost Rs 5 crore worth of banknotes.
The goddess at the Vasavi Kanyaka Parameswari temple in the Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh has been adorned with Rs 5.16 crore in banknotes. Over 100 volunteers spent several hours decorating the temple with Rs 2,000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100, Rs 50, and Rs 10 notes.
The organizers decked the deity with garlands and bouquets of origami flowers created from various denominations and colors of money notes. The numerous colored currency notes have added to the temple’s attractiveness, attracting pilgrims from all around the world.
During the Navratri celebrations, a significant number of devotees worship the deity in the ‘avatar’ of ‘Dhanalakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
Rehabilitation of temple
According to Mukkala Dwarakanath, chairman of the Nellore Urban Development Authority (NUDA) and a member of the temple committee, the committee recently completed rehabilitation work on the temple at a cost of Rs 11 crore.
“Because this is the first celebration following the conclusion of four years of renovations, the committee chose to decorate the deity with cash notes,” he explained.
Members of the committee and devotees gathered fresh money notes and engaged painters to complete the one-of-a-kind ornamentation.
Further decoration with silver and gold
Additionally, the committee intends to decorate the deity with 7 kilograms of gold and 60 kilograms of silver as part of the Dasara celebrations.
This is not, however, the first time a shrine has been decked with cash notes. The Kanyaka Parameswari temple in Telangana’s Jogulamba Gadwal district was adorned with Rs 1,11,11,111 in banknotes.
In 2017, the temple committee made a similar sacrifice with cash notes totaling Rs 3,33,33,333.
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