New Delhi, Feb 18: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on November 8, many things changed. The note ban also affected the daily income of Lord Balaji by up to Rs 1 crore to 2 crore.
The fall in the daily income of the temple may lead to a hike in the prices of tickets and various other temple services.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is planning to raise the prices of various services following the decline in the daily revenue of the temple.
Meanwhile, the daily revenue of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam used to be approximately Rs 5 crore before demonetisation. A portion from the hundi collections, TTD's coffers are filled by the sale of tickets, 'prasad', according to a senior official.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam is now planning to hike the ticket prices and the prices of various other services to offset the dip in revenue following note ban.
TTD tickets prices varies from Rs 50 to Rs 5,000. Maximum devotees purchase special darshan tickets for Rs 300. At least 2,000 devotees prefer VIP darshan every day, shelling out Rs 500.