Cashless darshan at Siddhivinayak
Starting today, you can use a prepaid card to buy prasad, idols, and pay for services at the iconic temple
Everyone’s going cashless these days, and the Siddhivinayak temple isn’t going to be left behind. With money pouring in to the tune of lakhs, temple authorities have decided to introduce a prepaid card.
Starting today, the much-revered temple will have a prepaid card of its own, which can be used by the devotees who visit the temple on a regular basis. One can recharge the card with various denominations, and swipe the card for various purposes like buying prasad, using the library, paying for the VIP darshan and also to buy the Ganpati idols kept on sale inside the temple premises.
Satish Mali, Assistant Executive Officer of the temple trust, explained, “We are the first temple trust in India to have a cashless card. These cards will be readily available at the temple’s office and it will make things easier for our devotees. It will also benefit us we will have a record of all the transactions and sales inside the temple. I am sure this will be a huge success.”
The card can be bought from the temple office for Rs 51, and can be recharged with denominations ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 5000. Devotees are delighted by the move. Nehal Zaveri,a regular visitor to the temple, said, “I go every Tuesday in the mornings. It’s very difficult to find change during that time, and even temple authorities do not have change. As a result, I end up buying more prasad, just to get change. Now, with this prepaid card, I won’t have to.”
Apart from prepaid cards, the temple also plans to go tech savvy in many other ways. Plans are afoot to launch an e-book where devotees can write and share their experiences. The trust also plans to launch apps on smartphones, through which devotees can enjoy the facility of direct online darshan. In order to manage all of these functions, the temple plans to have a separate IT department with highly qualified people to handle the high traffic of devotees.