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Gujarat temples have installed card-swipe machines for devotees to donate money!

Even God are feeling the impact of Demonetisation, did they have current or saving account?
With the demonetisation move resulting in a drop in donations, some of the famous temples in Gujarat have started introducing e-wallets, ATMs with deposit facility and swipe machines to accept cashless donations. To popularise cashless transactions among people, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had on Tuesday inaugurated the digital donation system at the famous Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district to accept donations through debit or credit card using swipe machines.

He made a donation of Rs 31,000 using his wife’s debit card. Sources in the Ambaji temple trust said after demonetisation, donations have come down by at least 30 per cent. With the new cashless facility, the donations are again likely to go up, they said.

The Somnath temple trust are also now in talks with a digital wallet company to accept funds and donations digitally.

The trust has also begun accepting e-payment for the ‘prasad’ (food offered to gods) at the temple located in Gir
The famous Ranchhodraiji temple, located at Dakor in Kheda district, about 50 km from Vadodara, also initiated the process of introducing e-wallets, swipe machines and ATMs as the temple has witnessed the donations going down by about 20 per cent after November 8.

With Agency Inputs.

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