MANGALORE, INDIA, May 29, 2013 (Times of India): The Kukke Sri Subramanya temple, has again emerged as the richest muzrai (government-run) temple in Karnataka. Figures released by the office of commissioner for religious endowments show the temple had a revenue of US$11.8 million during the last fiscal.
Coming in a distant second in terms of revenue is the Male Mahadeshwara temple in Chamarajanagar district with an estimated revenue of US$5.5 million. Kollur’s Sri Mookambika temple, in Udupi district, is the third richest with an estimated revenue of US$3.5 million. Revenue figures for the Male Mahadeshwara and Sri Mookambika temples could be slightly more after final auditing.
Between 2007 and 2010, the Kukke temple grossed US$16.1 million by way of revenue. This spurt in revenue is remarkable given the temple’s income – US$4.3 million during 2007-08 – reached US$6.3 million during 2009-10. This leapfrogged to US$7.9 million during 2010-11, and touched an all-time high of US$9.9 million during 2011-12. The audited figures for 2012-13 put this figure at US$11.8 million.
Krishna Prasad Madthila, president of the temple management committee, says the temple on an average receives 15,000-20,000 visiters daily. This goes up during weekends and on Ashlesha nakshatra and Shudda shasti.