Kashi Vishwanath Dham sees fourfold income surge post-expansion

The temple’s income has increased fourfold from the financial year 2017-18 to 2023-24. The post-pandemic period has seen a significant surge in devotees, despite a slight decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

| Updated: 24 June, 2024 2:38 pm IST

VARANASI: The expansion and modernisation of Kashi Vishwanath Dham have led to a substantial increase in donations and the number of pilgrims visiting the site.

The temple’s income has increased fourfold from the financial year 2017-18 to 2023-24. The post-pandemic period has seen a significant surge in devotees, despite a slight decrease during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the inauguration of the revamped Kashi Vishwanath Dham, there has been a notable rise in both revenue and visitor numbers. The improvements carried out under the state government, have made the site more accessible to Shiva devotees worldwide, contributing to this increase.

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Continuous inspection by the state and centre has resulted in numerous facility upgrades at the temple. This expansion has made the experience of devotees smoother and more convenient, further boosting tourism in Kashi. According to Vishwa Bhushan Mishra, CEO of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple Trust, the temple’s income from offerings, donations, tickets, and newly constructed buildings has increased significantly.

Since the inauguration of the Vishwanath Corridor on December 13, 2021, the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, has seen a tremendous increase in devotees. By May 2024, the number of visitors to the temple had reached 16.22 crores.

Kashi, a longstanding pilgrimage site for Sanatan Dharma followers, now offers world-class facilities. Improved accessibility from across the globe has increased the influx of devotees. The belief in the merit of donations in the Sanatan tradition has encouraged Shiva devotees to contribute generously after arriving in Kashi. According to the estimates, the financial growth of the temple over the past seven years is evident, making it one of the most well-visited pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus.

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Financial Year Income

2017-2018 20,14,56,838.43
2018-2019 26,65,41,673.32
2019-20 26,43,77,438.00
2020-21 10,82,97,852.09
2021-22 20,72,58,754.03
2022-23 58,51,43,676.33
2023-24 86,79,43,102.00

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