Kamakhya temple loses Rs 5-6 crore revenue collection due to coronavirus lockdown
The historic Kamakhya temple management committee has faced a loss of Rs 5-6 crore revenue collection due to the Covid-19 lockdown and pandemic situation as the temple is closed since March 18.
As a precautionary measure to check the spread of the deadly novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the temple management committee had closed the doors for devotees from March 18 and the doors of the temple are still closed for devotees and pilgrims.
The temple attracts 20,000-30,000 devotees daily, but not a single devotee has been allowed to enter the temple in the last five months. But daily rituals have been continued at the famous Kamakhya temple atop the Nilachal Hill.
Kamakhya temple Doloi (head priest) Mohit Chandra Sharma said, the historic Kamakhya temple is one the temples in the country that closed the doors for devotees for the last five months due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“The temple management committee has faced a huge loss during this period. An average Rs 1.5 lakh was collected daily as the devotees had offered it as ‘Daan-Dakshina’. But, the doors of the temple were closed for devotees in the past five months,” Mohit Chandra Sharma said.
The head priest of Kamakhya temple also said that daily rituals, other ‘Puja’ are going on and no devotee has been allowed to attend it. He further said that, apart from the temple, other persons, businessmen who are involved with the temple have also faced a huge economic loss.
The head priest also said that the temple management committee has provided salaries to the employees of the temple regularly.