A query issued by Reserve Bank of India to major temple boards in Kerala asking them to provide details of their gold stocks has evoked ire of Hindu outfits in the state.
While confirming that they have received such a letter from the RBI, top officials of some of the major temples said they were not taking any hasty decision on the matter without consulting the government and authorities concerned.
When contacted in Mumbai, the RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala admitted that they have written to these temples but clarified that “the objective of the letter is to collect data and mentioned that in the RBI statement issued on September 1, there is no proposal under its consideration (to buy gold and bullion from temples).”
According to sources, those who received the query included the famous Sree Krishna temple at Guruvayur and the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages most temples in South Kerala including the famous Sabarimala hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa, visited by millions of devotees from within and outside the country during November-January pilgrimage season.
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