Demat Account Tirumala Tirupati Temple to accept Shares and Securities as Donations.. India’s richest temple Tirumala (Tirupati) Venkateshwara temple has opened a Demat account for donations from devotees in the form of shares and securities.
This is the first-of-its-kind donation facility in the world. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanasms (TTD) has opened a demat account with the Stock Holding Corporation of India and will accept contributions from devotees and philanthropists in the form of electronically held shares and securities.
The idea is to provide all kind of facilities to devotees to offer donations to the temple.
TTD has been receiving physical share certificates as donations by devotees in its open Hundi, which indicates that devotees are interested in donating shares. However, the quantam of shares and securities was not received.
The Tirumala temple had earlier even introduced online donations and donations in the form of foreign currency.
Wealthy Hindu temples such as Tirumala are repositories for much of the $1 trillion worth of privately held gold in India – about 22,000 tonnes, according to an estimate from the World Gold Council. In fact, Tirumala alone has gold reserves worth Rs 70,000 crores all in the form of gold biscuits, bricks, statuettes, coins and ornaments. Of this, 80 to 100 kilos of gold is offered by devotees each month.
Last year, a whopping 1,800 kg of gold offerings made by devotees of Lord Venkateswara were deposited by TTD with the State Bank of India (SBI).