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Hinduism Untouched by Recession in India

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INDIA, September 10, 2011 (India Times): In spite of the global hard times for the economy, Hindus in India show no sign of lessening their religious fervor or their generosity. The data seems to suggest that religion is recession-proof in India. Officials at the major shrines have reported an increase in both the number of pilgrims and the quantum of donations over the past few years.

The number of pilgrims at Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala, Kerala, has grown 20% annually over the past five years. About 30 million pilgrims visited the temple in 2010. The Guruvayur temple, too, has been receiving about 40,000 to 50,000 pilgrims every day. Shrine boards across India reported increase in donations even as the economy slowed down. Other religions have not fared as well — contributions to the Vatican, for example, slowed worldwide.

The Srinathji temple in Nathwara reported an income of 32 crore rupees or 6.7 million dollars last year (up from 24 crore in 2008). The Sri Krishna temple of Guruvayur reported 36 crore or 7.5 million dollars for 2011 (up from 12 crore in 2006) and the Lord Ayappa temple of Sabarimala had an income of 152 crore or 32 million dollars in 2010 (up from 84 crore in 2007).

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