The Mahalaxmiji Temple in Ratlam, is decorated with valuables offered by devotees! With Diwali just around the corner decorations are worth rs. 100 crores.
There are few things regarding spirituality and belief that often forces us to put on our thinking cap! Some incidents and rituals are are such that leaves us awestruck. Similar is the case of Mahalaxmiji temple in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh.
For simple visitors entering the Mahalaxmiji temple in Ratlam it might not be a regular auspicious visit. Surely it is not the idols that would grab their attention first, but the cash which covers every inch of the temple. The temple authorities report that the valuables are worth approximately Rs. 100 crore. During Diwali, devotees hand over their cash, jewellery and valuables to the head priest. The charity is secure inside the Garbh Griha of the temple. This is the unique and auspicious tradition which the devotees of the temple follow every year.
“I have been visiting the Mahalaxmiji temple and for six years now and I’m very happy. Whatever I’ve wished for in this temple has come true,” says Mamta Porwal, a devotee.
Because of the sensitive nature of the temple decoration, a number of security arrangements are made by the administration and the police.
“The amount of the valuables in the temple is too high. To ensure nobody steals the money that is here, we deploy police personnel who monitor the temple’s Garbh Griha continuously,” says Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Pradeep Singh.