An unidentified person donated two diamonds worth Rs 1.18 crore at the Sri Saibaba
temple in Shirdi, Maharashtra. Temple authorities say this is the first time in the history of the temple that they have received such a big offering in diamonds.
The cost of the diamonds was derived by a government evaluator who is called in every time the temple authorities need to establish the prices of gold, silver and diamond donations.
This pendant, shaped to look like the number 8 has two diamonds, one of which costs approximately Rs 38 lakhs and the other RS 78 lakhs. The pendant came with a simple gold chain.
The temple opens up its donation boxes, three times a week. Cash donations are then separated from the jewellery and metal donations. Every three months these metal goods are then valued.
The temple authorities maintain that the identity of the devotee is unknown even though sources say that the identities are known but often protected so as to continue the donations.
The Sai Baba temple of Shirdi is one of Maharashtra's richest temples and receives at least 1000 diamonds per year as offerings and between Rs 200 to Rs 300 crores in cash donations.