India is better known as the land of diversity. It is also a place where religion acquires more importance. Although we are moving towards modernization still our culture, rituals and religion are well preserved. Many ancient holy places are still standing tall to tell the history of India’s rich spiritual legacy. Few of these temples continue to fulfil their purpose and are among the richest temples in India. Some in the group of the richest temple in India is not old but due to great followers and devotees, they are on this list.
So let’s see which some of the richest temples in India are.
1. Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Padmanabh Swami Temple is not only the richest temple of India but also the richest in the world. The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture which is prevalent in southern India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was discovered that recently opened temples vaults were flooded with gold, silver and diamonds. Some people estimated that the value of the treasure is worth 1 Trillion dollars.
This puts the temple far ahead of any other temple in the world and there is a very small possibility that any temple can match the amount of the money it has.
2. Shri Venkateshwara Temple, Tirupati
Shri Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati is visited daily by around 50000 to 1 Lakh devotees daily and the number rises to 5 Lakh during festivals and special occasions. With so many devotees paying tribute daily it shouldn’t surprise us that Sanatan Hindu temple receives a large number of donations. The Tirumala Temple has a gold reserve of 52 ton of gold ornaments including ancient gold ornaments and vessels of deities donated by kings for more than 1000 years, worth more than 20 billion dollars.
According to an estimate most recent, Each Year it converts more than 3000kgs of gold received in the pilgrimage or hundi donation box as gold reserve deposit in nationalized banks. It’s the richest temple our country has got and Tirupati Temple gets an annual donation of rupees 650cr and it alone makes 11 Million dollars for selling Laddus.
3. Shri Sai Baba Samadhi Temple, Shirdi
Shri SaiBaba of Shirdi has millions of followers around the world and he is known for helping those who are in need. Supposedly there is a collection over rupees 2000cr for the temple. According to the reports temples bank account has about rupees 1.8 billion, 380Kgs of gold, 4428Kgs of Silver and a large amount of money in the form of dollars and pounds.
The incredible numbers mentioned above proves that the Shirdi Temple is one of the richest temples in India.
4. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra
The number four temple is Shri Mata Vaishno Devi temple. Vaishno Devi temple is one of the richest temples in India. Visited by millions of devotees around the world. The sacred shrine of Goddess Mata Vaishno Devi attracts a large number of pilgrims every year. It is centre of deeply rooted Sanatan Hindu religious beliefs. With their annual income of around 7 million dollars about 8 million pilgrims visit this temple which makes it second most visited temple in India after Tirupati.
5. Shri SiddhiVinayak Temple, Mumbai
Visitors arrive here in numbers ranging from 30000 to 50000 per day. Lord Ganesha is residing under the golden roof and temple has accumulated 150Kgs of gold offerings worth 67 million dollars so far. Which makes Mumbai’s richest temple collect around 2.2 Million dollars per year.
The heavily guarded walls here are strictly off-limit. The temple is also frequently visited by celebrities around the world. Apple CEO Tim cook is the latest addition to the list.
Thank you guys for reading this article, please suggest if there is any other temple that we have missed to include in this list.