Images of India : Termites devour piles of temple cash…

cashWhile around 14 million families in Bihar live below the poverty line with little to eat and survive, Indian currency notes worth around Rs.200,000 which were donated by devotees to a temple have been eaten by termites at a temple located at Tatma Toli locality in Bihar’s Purnia district. The temple, dedicated to Lord Ram and his family, is run by the Bihar State Religious Trust Board. Temple authorities said the donation box was not opened for the past four years owing to the feud between the old and the new temple management committees. The incident is a reminder to April 2011 when staff at the State Bank of India in Uttar Pradesh were blamed for allowing termites to eat through banknotes worth some ten million rupees. Prior to this, termites had eaten away a trader’s savings worth around Rs.400,000 stored in a bank locker in Bihar in 2008.