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Temple gets Rs 5 crore donation in 7 hours

Temple gets Rs 5 crore donation in 7 hours

Author: Pramod Panwar
Publication: The Times of India
Date: May 27, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Temple-gets-Rs-5-crore-donation-in-7-hours/articleshow/4582011.cms

Devotion doesn't know recession. Especially in the town of Unjha, about 80 km north of Ahmedabad, known for its jeera and isabgol trade.

On Tuesday, a temple here raised a head-spinning Rs 5 crore in seven hours flat - around Rs 1.2 lakh every minute.

The occasion: Fund-raising for the 18th centenary celebration of the Umiya Maa temple, which has a large Patel following, to be held in November this year. About 21 donors, most of them industrialists belonging to Kadva Patel community, contributed to the main corpus collected through a bidding process called 'Uchamani'. An Ahmedabad-based builder, Amrut Patel donated Rs 1.25 crore to perform the Shahastra Chandi Yagna, which will be performed between November 28 and December 2 this year.

CK Patel, a California-based hotelier chipped in with Rs 61.61 lakh. Patel, an old Congress hand, recently switched sides to join BJP at the behest of CM Narendra Modi. Organisers claim the main temple of Umiya Maa will enter its 1,900th year this November.

"We are planning to raise more funds for the programme. Besides local businessmen, we received several bids from NRGs scattered the world over," said Manubhai Patel, chairman of Unjha Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), who is also on the temple's celebration panel. "More than 5 lakh people will participate in the yagna everyday. We are making arrangements to accommodate over 50 lakh people during the function," he said.

The entire event was webcast and watched by Gujarati diaspora spread across the world.

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