The Kerala temple Guruvayur Devaswom has rejected the Reserve Bank of India’s request to furnish details of gold assets in possession of the Sri Krishna temple in the town.
“The RBI had, on September 9, requested the Guruvayur Devaswom Managing Committee (GDMC) to provide details of its gold assets to collect data on stocks from places of worship,” Devaswom Administrator K Muraleedharan said. The Devaswom on Sunday told the RBI it was unable to provide the details as it was ‘impractial’ to assess the gold stock. Muraleedharan said the decision was taken at a GDMC meeting on Saturday.
RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala admitted they had written to temple boards in Kerala, but clarified that the objective was to only collect data and there was no proposal under its consideration to buy gold and bullion from temples.
The Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayur is one of the richest in India and has a vast quantity of gold and other valuables in its reserves.