Neither Sweet Nor Fruit, This Temple Distributes Gold Jewellery as Prasad

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Mahalakshmi Temple in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh
Ratlam's Mahalakshmi Temple distributes gold as prasad

India is the land of mystical temples. Some Hindu shrines will amaze you with the beliefs around them, while others will charm you with their stunning architecture. But when you visit this Mahalaxmi Temple, located in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, you will be pleasantly surprised for a different reason altogether. Here you get, neither sweet nor fruit as prasad, but gold and gold jewellery. Yes, you read that right. The temple distributes gold as prasad amongst its devotees.

Shri Mahalaxmi Temple at Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh
Gold and silver jewellery offered by the devotees

“This temple receives offerings worth rupees crores each year which includes gold and silver jewellery”

Now, you must be wondering how this temple’s trust affords to distribute so much gold. Just so you know that this temple receives offerings worth rupees crores each year which includes gold and silver jewellery. The management of the temple makes note of all the gold offerings and then, keeps aside that much gold to be distributed as prasad amongst devotees during Diwali every year.

Shri Mahalakshmi Temple in  Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh
Shri Mahalaxmi Temple at Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh

“It is their faith in the deity that makes them treat the gold and silver received as prasad not as jewellery or a precious metal but as a blessing of the Goddess of wealth”

What about those greedy folks who turn up, again and again, to amass gold receive das prasad? The truth is devotees travel thousands of miles to come to this temple and receive this prasad. The travelling cost for the same is mostly more than the cost of the gold prasad! It is their faith in the deity that makes them treat the gold and silver received as prasad not as jewellery or a precious metal but as a blessing of the Goddess of wealth.

This is why they never monetise this precious prasad. Instead, as per the belief, keep it in their locker to ensure the safety of their wealth.

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