5 Richest Temples of India
Known as ‘The Land of Temples’, India has many famous temples of rich heritage and cultural significance. In ancient times, Kings used to make grand donations and give lands to the temples to ensure that the temples and the priests could sustain themselves. Hindu dynasties used to construct magnificent temples to showcase their inclination towards art and culture as well as to make a statement about their possessions of wealth. Even now people offer generous donations to temples (to show their gratitude to God) which ensure that the temples earn enough revenue for their maintenance and upkeep.
Here are some of the richest temples in India which earn in crores every year:
1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
This temple in Thirivananthpuram in Kerala shot to fame in 2011 because of the treasure worth $22 billion found inside the temple. Six vaults filled with gold statues and jewels were found in the temple which belonged to Travancore royalty. The vaults were opened at the orders of the Supreme Court of India. The treasure included gold coins, throne, crowns, statues, ornaments, diamonds and other precious gemstones. The 3.5 foot tall golden idol of Mahavishnu found in the temple is itself worth Rs 500 crores. Another precious items included a golden throne studded with diamonds and precious gemstones, an 18 foot long gold chain, a 36 kg golden veil, a gold sheaf weighing 500 kgs, gold coconut shells studded with rubies and emeralds and several sacks filled with gold coins, artefacts, necklaces etc. It is not only the richest temple in India but the whole world.
2. Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Commonly known as Tirupati Balaji, the temple is the second richest temple in India and one of the most revered ones too. The temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateshwara, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. More than 60,000 devotees visit this temple everyday which receives 650 crore rupees worth of donations every year. It is the richest temple in the world in terms of the donations received.The revenue from the sale of laddus at the temple is itself 11 million rupees annually. Venkateswara deity inside the temple is adorned with ornaments of 1000 kg gold.
3. Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
This beautiful shrine built in 1922 is the third richest temple in India. Millions of devotees from all over the world flock to Shirdi in Maharashtra who come to pay homage to Shirdi Sai Baba. The temple is a beautiful shrine that is built over the Samadhi of Sai Baba. The temple gets donations worth 350 crore rupees every year. The temple has ornaments worth 32 crore rupees and silver coins worth six lakh rupees.
4. Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu
Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the Shakti Peeths and is situated in the folds of Trikuta Hills in Jammu and Kashmir. Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. One of the oldest and the richest temples in India, Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is visited by millions of devotees each year who cover the journey to the temple on foot to take blessings of Goddess Vaishno Devi. The temple receives an estimated 500 crore rupees in donations every year. It is considered to be the second most visited temple after Tirupati Balaji.
5. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
This famous Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is visited by thousands of devotees every day to get a glimpse of Lord Ganesha. The dome over Lord Ganesha is coated with 3.7 kgs gold which was donated by a businessman from Kolkata. The annual income of the temple is Rs 320 crores. Well known politicians, celebrities and film stars are often seen visiting the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha. The temple receives donations of around $100-150 million every year making it Mumbai City’s richest temple trust. The dome over the main shrine of Lord Ganesha is coated with 3.7 kgs of gold. The black stone idol of Lord Ganesha in the temple is said to be around 200 years old. The temple was converted to a huge six-storeyed building in the year 1990.
Siddhivinayak Aarti from Siddhiviniyak Temple Mumbai I Deva Shri Ganesha
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