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Amulet selling ban affects earnings of several popular temples

Banning the sale of amulets or Buddha images on temple grounds has taken toll on several temples with some reporting drop in revenues, while some saying they are not affected.

One of the affected temples is Wat Phra Sri Mahathat in Phitsanulok province.

The temple reported a daily drop of 80,000 baht in amulet sales which might put difficulties on the temple ‘s spendings for its monks and novices.

The temple has about 1-2 million baht monthly ecoenditures.

In total the temple has lost over 300,000 baht inearnings.

Meanwhile a popular temple in Nakhon Ratchasima, Wat Raiking, whose former abbot was Luang Por Moon Borisutto, said it was not affected much as the purchase of amulets is a personal belief.

Buddhists come to the temple just for merit-making.

But temple officials said if the ban becomes in force nationwide, the temple might also be affected, as donation might drop.

Another temple in the province, Wat Salaloi has now relocated the selling booths outside the man chapel area, same as temples in Khon Kaen province, Wat Nong Waeng.

The chief monk of Ubon Ratchathani has summoned all abbots in the province for a meeting today to inform them about the ban.

Thai PBS

 

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