80-year-old beggar woman donates ₹1 lakh to temple in Karnataka
An 80-year-old woman from Karnataka has donated Rs 1 lakh she earned through begging for "annadana" to a temple.
Ashwathamma, from Kanchigoodu village in Gangolli of Udupi district, has been begging near temples during festivals for the last 18 years.
The elderly woman donated the money at Sri Kshethra Rajarajeshwari Temple in Polali in Bantwal taluk.
This is not the first time that Ashwathamma has donated to a temple. Earlier, she donated Rs 1 lakh to Sri Gurunarsimha Temple in Saligram and Rs 1.5 lakh to Ayyappa devotees at Polali Sri Akhileshwara Temple. She also offered an "annadana" at a temple in Gangolli. She has also donated to orphanages in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.
She has offered "annadana" to more than one lakh devotees.
Ashwathamma was forced to beg after her husband's demise 18 years ago.
She uses only a small part of her earnings for her personal expenses and deposits the rest of the money in a bank to donate it.
"It was a goodwill gesture that she did not use the money she earned through begging to accumulate wealth," P Jayamma, executive officer at Shri Kshethra Rajarajeshwari Temple, Polali, told TOI.
Ashwathamma said that she was returning the money that the society offered to her. "My only prayer is that no one should remain hungry," she said.