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Devotees may soon be able to donate shares in Madya Pradesh temples

Thursday, Jun 16, 2016,17:35 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Indore | People may soon be able to donate shares and bonds through D-MAT accounts to Madhya Pradesh’s six temples, including Ujjain’s famous Mahakaleshwar temple, on the lines of the Tirupati-Balaji temple in Andhra Pradesh, a senior official said today.

We are thinking of opening D-MAT accounts in the name of Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar temple, Omkareshwar temple in Khandwa district, Bijasan devi temple at Salkanpur in Sehore district, Maihar devi temple in Satna district, the Khajrana Ganesh temple of Indore and Ram Raja temple at Orchha in Tikamgarh district, MP’s Religious Trusts and Endowments Department’s Additional Secretary Rajendra Singh said.

With this, devotees can donate shares and bonds to these temples, he said. The move is aimed at enhancing the income of these temples. Singh said the department has written a letter to the concerned district collectors where these temples are situated to examine the scheme and send their opinions.

On the basis of their report, rules and regulations would be framed for the scheme. After opening of the D-MAT accounts and receiving shares and bonds in donations, the temple’s administrative committee will decide on when to encash them.

The income generated through this mode will be deposited in the temple’s account. The Ujjain’s Mahakaleshwar temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlings in the country, is among those popular temples which receive maximum offerings in the form of cash and jewellery.

Mahakaleshwar temple committee’s administrator and Ujjain’s Additional Collector R P Tiwari said after getting guidelines from the state government on the issue, the process to open D-MAT account of the temple would be initiated.