Richest Temples in India that are a Class Apart

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Richest Temples in India that are a Class Apart

Temples in India reflect the rich religious heritage the country possesses. India houses more than 500,000 temples, several of which have been reckoned to be places of immense faith and miracle and attract a large number of devotees from all corners of the world. In this era of modernism, we Indians sure know how to preserve and embrace our culture, rituals, and religion. A temple witnesses donations as small as a rupee to crores, sacks of gold, diamond jewellery, and all kinds of riches are flooded inside the temple vaults summing up to be a value of thousands of crores. Keen to know their worth?

Here is the list of 13 Richest Temples in India that are a Class Apart

1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram houses the famed Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Its decadence would leave you awe-struck. After all, this gold-plated glory is the richest temple not only in India but also in the whole wide world. After estimations, Padmanabhaswamy Temple is said to contain over one trillion hidden in its hidden chambers (good luck figuring out the number of zeroes in that figure!). The temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu receives donations including priceless gold ornaments, idols (the Golden Idol of Mahavishnu itself is worth INR 500 Crore), crowns and jewellery.

2. Tirupati Balaji, Andhra Pradesh

Built in the 10th century, Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Tirupati is one of the world's largest religious pilgrimage destinations. According to a government website, an average of 30,000 visitors donates USD 6 million to the temple every day. That rounds up to 180 million every month, which then rounds up to - a figure which can't fit in the calculator - every year! Currently, it stands at a worth of over 900 crores (as of last year) and has 52 tonnes of gold ornaments. Every year the temple converts over 3000 kg of gold received in donation boxes from pilgrims as gold reserve deposits with nationalized banks.

3. Shri Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu

Situated at an altitude of 5,200 feet inside a million-year-old cave, and just 14km away from Katra, the gorgeous Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu witnesses more than 10 million pilgrims annually making it the second most visited temple after Tirupati. Dedicated to Goddess Vaishnavi. The temple has 1.2 tonnes of gold and received hundreds of kgs of gold as donations over a period of 5 years. The temple is estimated to collect INR 500 crores worth of donations every year and also being added to the list of richest temples in India.

4. Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Mumbai

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No wild guesses of yours could make you guess this temple's worth. Visitors flock here in numbers ranging from 25 thousand to 2 lakhs daily. Lord Ganesha sits under a gold roof and the temple has amassed 158 kg of gold offerings worth USD 67 million until now, making the temple richest of Mumbai collecting around 125 hundred crores annually. The heavily guarded vaults here are strictly off limits. The temple is also frequented by celebrities from all around the world. Apple's CEO Tim Cook is the latest addition to the list.

5. Shirdi Sai Baba, Nashik

Shirdi's Sai Baba has millions of followers all over the world and is known for helping the needy. Reportedly, there has been a collection of over Rs 2,000 Crores by the temple. According to reports, the bank account of the temple has about Rs 1,800 crores along with 380 Kg of Gold, 4,428 Kg Silver, and a large amount of money in the form of dollars and pounds is also present. The unbelievable numbers mentioned above makes this temples a worthy contender in the list of the richest temples in India.

6. Sri Jagannath Puri Temple, Puri

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Located in Puri, Odisha, the Jagganath temple is dedicated to Lord Jagganath, a form of Lord Vishnu. Interesting fact: 30,000 acres of land is registered under the name of Lord Jagannath, making him the richest landlord! Although there is no actual estimate of its gold treasure, it is known that the deities are adorned with 209 kg of gold during the Suna Besha ceremony itself.

7. Somnath Temple, Somnath

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The renowned temple's great treasury was looted and plundered several times, first by Mohammed Gazi then by Aurangzeb and even later by the Portuguese. But surprisingly, it was reconstructed each time just to be more splendid than the previous one. Currently, the wealth of the temple is undisclosed but it possesses enough of assets (including 1700 acres of land) to be called one of the richest temples in India.

8. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

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Located in Madurai, the Meenakshi temple hosts a whopping amount of more than 20,000 visitors every day and around 1 million visitors during its annual Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival which lasts for 10 days in Aprill. The temple collects over 60 crores worth of cash, gold, and diamond which is steadily increasing annually.

9. Golden Temple, Amritsar

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One of the most spiritual places in India, Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrines in Sikhism and is alive with religious fervour and sacredness. Its divinity is a thing that can only be experienced and not described. After going through a tumultuous period of demolitions, it was rebuilt by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1830 purely with marble and gold. It is the view of the resplendent shrine, glistening in the centre of the tank that brings an infinite calmness.

10. Sabarimala Temple, Kerala

Religiosity is in the air here at Sabarimala. People say the Sabarimala temple is so rich that it is going to appoint robots for service. This might actually be true looking at its estimates. The gorgeous pillars of lamps or 7 m high Deepsthambam with thirteen circular receptacles are a sight to behold when lit. More than a million visitors walk in this temple devoted to Lord Ayappa. It has collected over 15 kgs of gold and its annual income calculates over Rs 105 crores.

11. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh-gaya

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The temple architecture of Mahabodhi temple comprises of a gold-painted statue of Buddha is placed in the sanctum shrine of the ancient temple and is made of black stone built by the Pala kings of Bengal. The temple also houses the carvings of stupas or reliquary shrines, 'garudas' or eagles and lotuses made out on them. In 2013, the upper portion of the temple was covered with gold, as a gift from the King of Thailand and the devotees of Lord Gautam Buddha.

12. Guruvayoor Temple

The main entrance to the shrine is through the eastern Nada. You will witness a 33.5 m high gold plated flag post or Dwajasthambam in the outer enclosure or Chuttambalam. However, the most striking feature of the temple is the idol of the main deity, in the square Sreekovil of the temple is made of a rare mixture called Padala Anjanam instead of stone or metal.

13. Kashi Vishwanath Temple

Situated on the western bank of holy River Ganga, Kashi Vishwanath Temple is regarded as one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.  Structure of the temple is composed of three parts. The first is a spire on the temple of Lord Vishwanath, the second a gold dome and the third is the gold spire atop the Vishwanath carrying a flag and a trident.

There you go. These were the top 10 richest temples in India. The temple's sacred entities and their affluent architecture have earned them unparalleled fame. When you think of it, the temples listed here are earning more than the top businessmen in the country! Eager to know why these temples earn in crores every year? Plan a trip and find out for yourself.

This post was published by Yash Saboo

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