Sabarimala, Jan 20: Among the foreign currencies donated at the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala by devotees, Malaysian Ringgit is ahead over other foreign currencies such as Singapore and US dollars. More than one-and-half crore of Ringgit was from Tamil Nadu.
This year currencies from other countries such as Poland (Zloty), Malawi (kwacha) and Ghana (cedi) also found its place in the donation box. Currencies of Egypt, Myanmar, South Africa, Vietnam and Korea also found in varying amounts in the donation box. UAE Dirham is the most popular currency among the Gulf nations, sources said on Monday.
The foreign notes in the donation box will be counted and sorted in the presence of Dhanlaxmi Bank Manager and Vigilance officer. This will be given to the highest bidder through an open tender via the four exchange houses in Ernakulam, Dhanalaxmi Bank Manager Praveen said. However, Bank Assistant Manager Rakesh said that these foreign coins cannot be converted to Indian rupees. (UNI)