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70 percent of the silver offerings at Vaisnodevi impure, gold 22 percent

Jammu: Nearly 22 per cent of 193 kgs of gold offerings and 70 per cent of 8,163 kgs of silver offerings by devotees at Vaishnodevi shrine during last five years have been found to be
PTI January 30, 2014 18:24 IST
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Jammu: Nearly 22 per cent of 193 kgs of gold offerings and 70 per cent of 8,163 kgs of silver offerings by devotees at Vaishnodevi shrine during last five years have been found to be “impure”, according to the shrine board.

“78 per cent of 193.5 kg of yellow metal and 30 per cent of 8,163 kgs of white metal offered by devotees at cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi during last five years is pure gold and silver respectively,” Chief Executive officer (CEO), Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Mandeep Bhandari told PTI.  

The official said the offerings are divided into yellow and white metal categories as their purity is unknown.

While the yellow metal is sent to Indian Government Mint, Mumbai, the white metal is sent to Minerals Trading Corporation of India Ltd, Delhi for refining, assaying and fabrication.  

Only 150.5 kg of pure gold was retrieved from the yellow metal offerings which constitutes 78 per cent of 193.5 kgs of yellow metal offered, CEO said, adding 43-kg of yellow metal was found to be impure.