India, Shirdi, May 15, 2013 (Press Trust of India): Saibaba Sansthan trust has recorded Rs 1,441 crore (US$262 million) income in the last five years, with 22 per cent higher donations received every year, Sansthan's executive officer Kishor More said on Wednesday. Five years back, about 20,000 devotees used to visit the Saibaba's shrine daily, but presently figures show that around 60,000 people come to visit the temple everyday and the number goes up to about one hundred thousand on weekends. During special festivals at least two to three hundred thousand devotees visit the famous shrine, More said, adding that the daily income now was around $82,000, as compared to $36,000 per day five years back.
The trust has contributed funds on building super-speciality hospital, Shirdi's roads, water arrangements, various developmental works including Chief Minister's Relief fund and Shirdi's airport, he said. The audited report of the Sansthan will be tabled in the state Assembly during the winter session for grant, he said. When asked about "hidden donations" in boxes like gold ornaments, cash and foreign currency, More said the trust doesn't has a separate machinery to check such things because when devotees come to seek blessings of Saibaba they donate money, but from where they get it is difficult to know.