Pakistani Note Found In Sabarimala Temple Hundi?:- Among the offerings in the “hundi” of the famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, a Pakistani currency of Rs 20 denomination was found. This has prompted police to start an investigation.
When the hundi was opened for counting recently, a single Pakistani Rs 20 note was found, said the police. While the currencies were being passed through the conveyor belt to the counting location, the note was spotted. The note was found in a folded condition and the police are assuming that it was deposited after the temple was opened for the special celebrations after the sanctification of the new golden flag pole, on June 28. The Police said foreign currency used to be found in the temple hundi, but as it was a Pakistani note “we are looking into it.”
A report will be filed to the Intelligence Bureau by the Police in this regard. To identify the person who would have deposited the note, the visuals in the surveillance cameras are being examined. According to police sources, the matter could also be an act of mischief. But they are not leaving any stone unturned to find out if there is any foul play in the matter. For further action, the Pak currency will be forwarded to the Reserve Bank of India.
“In the past, there were several instances when the currencies of other countries were found in the hundi. They were mainly dollars, pounds, dirhams and riyals. Such notes are segregated and send to the Dhanalaxmi Bank where the Sabarimala Devaswom has the main account,” said a source.
Situated in Pathanamthitta district, the Sabarimala temple, is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. During the three-month annual pilgrimage season from November-January, the temple attracts millions of devotees from across the country and abroad. The temple that remains closed for rest of the days is opened for five days for monthly pooja on the first day of every Malayalam calendar month.