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Dear Devotees,

I present before you the  audited accounts of ShreeJagannath Temple Trust,Bengaluru for the year ended 31st March 2015.I would welcome your valued comments on the overall working results  of  the Trust and your suggestions for further improvement in  the  performance of the Trust.

At the outset ,I am happy to record that the Trust has shown unprecedented growth under “ gross  income” generated during the year .At Rs76.32 lakhs ,it is a new high showing a historic growth of more than 50 %  over the previous year’s level of Rs.50.58 lakhs . The gross income includes  an amount of Rs.9.53 lakhs  as interest received and accrued on investments with Banks  against Rs.2.05 lakhs for  the previous year.

You are aware ,income  to  the Trust flows principally from five sources-(a)donations received from devotees across the counter  at the Temple and bulk donations from individual devotees and institutions(b)income from Puja service(c)Prasad sevan(d)hundi collections and interest received and accrued on our investments with Banks.Bulk-funds are effort -elastic and constitute a major portion of the income generated.In 2014-15,trustees have mobilised Rs.15 lakhs under this head –which itself is a new record.

Income from other sources( referred to as  “walk-in income”) also  show satisfactory, if not very promising, growth and contributed to the total  income as placed below:
(a)Puja services:Rs.9.56 lakhs (Rs.7.46 lakhs in 2013-14-Increase over 2014 :15%)
(b)Prasad sevan(Trust’s share) :Rs.5.83 lakhs (Rs.5.37 lakhs:10%)
©Hundi Collection-Rs.6.53 lakhs (Rs.5.32 lakhs:23%)
e)Donations excluding Bulk funds     :  Rs.11.75 lakhs (Rs.12.80 lakhs:-8%)
The total walk-in-income works out to Rs.33.67 lakhs against Rs.30.95 lakhs in the previous year registering a growth of 8% . On  the Expenditure side,I will deal with the crucial administrative expenses for the year under review.It accounted for a steep and  disconcerting 33% increase at Rs.16.65 lakhs over the previous year which stood at Rs.12.54 lakhs.Areas showing large positive variances are : salary (42%),Rathyatra expenses (20%)Printing and stationery(20%)Food bill  (50%)Puja   expenses (33%) Additonally,we spent Rs.1,45,681 on Ratnamuda celebrations  during the year.
In effect, the average monthly administrative expenditure including the annual religious festivals  has gone up from Rs. 1.00 lakh a month (in 2014) to Rs.1.40 lakhs in 2015.The monthly administrative expenditure is expected to exceed Rs.2 lakhs in 2015-16 with increase on expenses on   flowers,groceries for daily rituals,further increase in salaries,electricity and large amount incurred on inaugural ceremony .

On the income side,the average monthly “walk-in-income” (excluding bulk funds and interest received from Banks)worked out to Rs.2.80 lakhs.You are aware that the surplus of income over expenditure is ploughed back to strengthen the corpus fund.Corpus fund thus can be strengthened by increasing this surplus and of course by mobilising bulk funds.Asof now this surplus can be termed as just satisfactory though the future appears ominous with quantum increase in the  administrative expenses especially in the area of  flowers,fruits and other essential puja items required to carry out daily rituals . Guidance for 2015-16:We had spent, large amounts on Temple’s  inaugural function in May 2015 as a one time measure and on RathYatra and Durga Puja  - all   without sponsorship arrangement unlike in the past .This resulted in premature withdrawal of huge amounts of our investments.Though we recovered some bulk funds towards the end,the stress on our corpus fund would remain.With the ever growing administrative expenses  and capital expenses on  BaiseePahacha,boundarywall,flooring,plumbing ,refurbishing  and Kitchen work,we may have to draw large amout of funds by prematurely closing our innvestments in future .This will result in lesser income from “interest” earned and consequentlycould actually  leave a  negligible surplus  of income over expenditure.

We still require more than  Rs.1.00 crore to complete the remaining finishing works on the Temple and make some pending payments.

Devotees are in a position to not only mobilise bulk funds from various organisations and high networth    -individuals,they can also give us  the benefit of “leads” in this area  to enable us to translate such  leads into generation of  bulk funds.
The need of the hour is to continuously strive for sponsorship of various events and strengthen the corpus .While there is still room for tightening controllable expenses through constant  monitoring,we have to arrest leakage of income in Puja and  Prasad sevan services-two important sources of income.While a better service to devotees and improvement in quality of food can contribute to improving  income from these sources,introduction of swiping machine and computerisation of these two services will also help in further improving the income and arresting leakages.I am told that Axix Bank is arranging swiping machine for the Trust shortly.A vendor has been identified for computerisation  of Pooja and Prasad sevan services  and his proposal will be placed before the Trust for approval .

 I personally  feel that  our priests require exposure to  a well designed orientation session on improving their  services to  and improving their puja services .Priests are pillars of any religious institution and such orientation by inviting eminent religionistsand experts on Temple rituals and services to educate them periodically will in turn  help in improving our “ walk-in income” across the counter at the Temple.

The number of devotees visiting the Temple to avail of various services  is on the ascendant and with completion of,baiseepahacha , kitchen work and  refurbishing of the community hall,we are confident of attracting even larger number of devotees to  the Temple in future.

I have full confidence in the team of trustees on our Board and I am sure they will appreciate the above scenario  and direct their energies  for mobilising bulk funds in right earnest  so that the coming years will not only surpass this year’s levels,but will help the trust to complete capital works expeditiously.

I express my deep gratitude to the thousands of devotees who visit the Temple everyday, make liberal offerings in hundis and use our services  like Puja and Prasad sevancontributing to the growth of income to the Trust in the process.
My gratitude to Syndicate Bank,CanaraBank,State Bank of Mysore and some individual devotees  for continuing to extend their support in a big way  by sponsoring  several charitable,religious  and welfare activities organised by the Trust.My special gratitude to M/S Salarpuria group of companies and its executives led by Shri P.K.Mishra-Advisor to the Trust for extending support for completion of several construction works.Without the proactive and timely intervention of Shri P.K.Mishra and his team,there was no possibility of the formal  inauguration of the Temple in May 2015 !
The staff and learned priests have been an important part of this “growth syndrome” through their service to the devotees and satisfactory  handling of various rituals and religious events at the Temple.My heartfelt gratitude to all of them.
I record my appreciation of the  good work done by the Auditors M/S ManoranjanPanigrahi and Co.for completing the audit exercise in an objective and transparent manner.I thank the  members of the Accounts Committee  and  specially to the Audit Committee  for sparing their time for  detailed scrutiny,vetting and finalisation of their recommendations to the Board for adoption of  the Audit Report.

May Lord Jagannath bless you and your family members with peace,prosperity,good health and happiness ! At the Lotus Feet of Lord Jagannath ! Sd/-
Sushant Mahapatra
Managing Trustee

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Jai Jagannath !

Shree Jagannath Temple Trust is a charitable trust based in Bangalore committed to the propagation of Jagannath culture and spreading the glory of Jagannath in Bangalore and all over India. The Trust is also involved in many welfare activities, especially activities devoted to the well-being of under-privileged people around the temple.

As a first step towards fulfilling its objective, the trust is building Shree Jagannath Temple and Cultural Center on a 10,000 sq.ft. land in Agara on Sarjapur Road. The Trust plans to construct a temple and cultural center that will be a true landmark of Bangalore, largely based on the architecture of the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri. The temple complex will house a Cultural Center devoted to Odissi dance and music and spiritual literature of all kinds.

The three idols of Jagannath, Balabhadraand Subhadra are installed in a temporary temple structure presently and regular puja is being conducted by pujaris everyday and a variety of traditional bhog is available for devotees. Important festivals are being celebrated at the temple premises and traditional anna-bhog is is offered to devotes at a nominal charge on every Sunday.

The Trust has stepped up its activities in recent times. Rath Yatra was held in Bangalore from the temple premises for the first time in July 2008. In December 2007, the Trust organized a health camp for the villages around the temple. More than 60 doctors provided free medical check up and 400 spectacles were distributed.

The temple is fast nearing completion and the Trust needs the support and contribution of all devotees and patrons.


The Annual Durga Puja Mahotsav was celebrated near the Temple precints at a specially constructed anddecorated pandal by Shree Jagannath Temple Trust,Bangalore from1st October 2014 till 5th Oct.2014.The idols of Goddess Durga along with Lord Ganesh,Goddess Saraswati ,Goddess Laxmi,LordKartikeya sculptored by the renowned Kumartuli artist Shri Tarun Paul were installed inside the well decorated pandal on the adhibas day on the 30th Sept.2014.The Chakhyudana ceremony was performed by Shri G.C.Das.

Thousands of devotees visited the venue during the fourday festival and performed rituals.Apart from The managing Trustee Shri Sushant Mahapatra I.P.S.,DGP ,Govt.of Karnataka,several dignitaries paid a visit to the venue and performed puja.Among them were Shri S.K.Patnaik I.A.S., Additional Chief Secretary (Home),Govt.of Karnataka,Shri S.K.Mishra ,I.R.S., Director (Invesigation)Income Tax Dept.for the States of Karnatak and Goa,Govt.ofIndia .The bisarjan (immersion) ceremony was performed on the 5th October 2014 with the participation of large number of devotees at the Kasavanahalli Lake on Sarjapur-Hosur Road.

The State Bank of Mysore sponsored the event.

The Trust expresses its gratitude to the Trustees who made the event a grand success like in the past.Special mention can be made to the volunteers who performed Bhajan on all days at the venue andalso assisted in the Bisrajan ceremony,the suppliers of tents anddecorative items,the electrician Shri Muniraju,the Temple priets,manager and Asst.manager .During this period,the Trust also celebrated the Navaratri festival at the Temple precincts with the participation of thousands of devotees who thronged the venue and joined the rituals.Special gratitude to State Bank of Mysore -the sponsors ,major donors for the Puja including State Bank of India Mutual Fund and S.B.I. Life Insurance Co.and of course the devotee who made the event successful.

Durga Puja Mahotsav and Navaratri Festival this year turned out to be another successful and memorable event for the Trust.




Rath Yatra festival.Shri H.N.Ananth Kumar,Hon'ble Minister for chemicals and Fertilizers will inaugurate the Festival on the 9th June 2014 at 3.30 P.M.


Sarawati Pooja    
Durga Pooja Mahotsav at temple    
Durga Pooja Mahotsav Photo gallery
Annual Ratha yatra 29/06/2014
Odisha Mela : Date to be announced