For those helpless devotees who are struggling to offer donations at temples owing to the cash crunch, the temples have become considerate. Swipe machines and e-wallets have come to the rescue of those who are hit by demonetisation and have no cash to offer.
A picture from a temple in Chhattisgarh is doing the rounds where a card swipe machine can be seen kept near the donation box of Banjari temple in Raipur.
MobiKwik, a mobile wallet and online payment system, has also posted a picture of a temple in Gurgaon which is accepting donations through the e-wallet.
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Recent reports have also claimed that the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala is accepting offerings through ‘e-hundi’. The electronic transfer of offerings with a swipe machine is managed by The Travancore Devaswom Board [TDB].
The temple accepts all debit and credit cards and money can be deposited in multiples of Rs 10. There is neither an upper limit nor a lower limit.
Avenues other than cash are being searched for after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his grand announcement banned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes from November 8. However, the government has given an exemption to trusts at various religious places to accept the old currency.
While there are lesser lower denomination notes and coins being offered, after the announcement, several people have also resorted to putting their higher denomination notes to get rid of the unaccounted money.