While many of the popular temples in Himachal are short on infrastructure for regulating movement of pilgrims but the temple trust managements are not short on collections for in 2006 there were at least 13 millionaire shrines in the state.
Topping the list was the Chintpurni temple of Una. The management in 2006 had reported a collection of Rs 20.8 crore in cash and 25 Kg of gold.
The other four famous shaktipeet temples, which include Naina Devi in Bilaspur and Jwalamukhi, Chamunda Devi and Brajeshwari Devi in Kangra had collectively reported a collection of Rs 14 crores. The Baba Balak Nath cave temple shrine on a hilltop at Deoth Sidh in Hamirpur had a reported a collection of Rs 7.2 crore
Other temples making over a million were Hatkoti, Tara devi, Trilokpur and Sankat Mochan. Most of these temples are hundreds of years old. Such heavy donations have led to rising cases of thefts in some shrines.
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