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5 Richest Temples of India

Updated on June 23, 2017
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

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:

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

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.

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West Nada, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023, India
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Venkateswara Tirupati balaji Temple, Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh
Venkateswara Tirupati balaji Temple, Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh

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.

Shirdi Saibaba Temple
Shirdi Saibaba Temple

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.

Vaishno Devi
Vaishno Devi

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.

Lord Ganesh at the Siddhivinayak Temple
Lord Ganesh at the Siddhivinayak Temple

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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      Harish Mamgain 3 weeks ago from India

      India is also known for its magnificent temples , and these are some of them worth visiting by the devotees. You have presented the information about them so beautifully and revealed some interesting facts about statutes and donations.

      Enjoyed reading this article. Shaloo, thanks for sharing this very interesting and informative hub.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago

      Thanks Harish!

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I am always fascinated by articles like this one. Since I'll never visit India, I count on writers like you to show the country to me, and you did it well.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago

      Thanks Bill ! And who knows, may be someday you might actually visit India! We never know what the future has in store for us.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool. You sure make me want to come and visit them all.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago

      @Eric I am sure you will love the temples. They are beautiful and serene.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just to let you know, I went through this article with my 7 year old. We had much fun. Your names are a blast to try and pronounce. His mom is Vietnamese and we have visited many temples there.But my favorite is across the border Ankor

      Wat.

      Thank you.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago

      @Eric hahaha...I know! Even I face trouble pronouncing the names from South India which are a bit difficult. Angkor Wat Temple is breathtaking beautiful. I wish I could go there someday!

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Truly inspiring Shaloo, and so much money involved!! Great to know that the government finally opened a vault in one of the temples. Amazing find!

      We have about 40 or so Sri Chinmoy statues around the world including India. Delhi, I believe. All very expensive, yes, but all supported and built by disciples. There are nearly 8,000 of us. Peanuts compared to Sri Satya Sai's devotees.

      We have only one Temple, which is in Germany. It was very expensive, but was built and financed largely by the German disciples and other German-speaking neighbours. It is all marble.

      It may be interesting for you to know that we do not have the pomp and ceremony; neither the puja's, etc. It is purely a place of worship. I have been several times. No one speaks, just meditate. The place is so sacred, that one can feel the change of Consciousness at the moment of entry. Guruji certainly knew what he was doing.

      Again, ours is on a hill, over-looking a river and there are some steps to climb. Very much like the Christian way of the past, I suppose to avoid noise and traffic and encourage saintliness.

      Nice and informative Hub.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago

      Thanks manatita! I get to know so much about Sri Chinmoy's mission from you. I am sure your temples must be serene and blissful. All places of worship have such positive energy and aura that you can feel it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Seems like the synonym for Indian temples is "riches." And what impressive architecture they boast. Thanks for the cultural details on these temples.

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      Shaloo Walia 3 weeks ago

      @Dora Indian temples are famous for their opulence and grandeur. These magnificent temples represent our rich cultural heritage.

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      Venkatachari M 2 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

      I knew that Padmanabha Swamy Temple recently unearthed huge treasure but didn't know it is the richest one. Tirupati Balaji receives crores of donations every year and so, I was believing it is the richest temple in the world. Thanks for providing this wonderful information about temples of India.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 weeks ago

      @Venkatachari Tirupati temple was the richest until the treasure at Padmanabhaswamy Temple was found.

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