India and temples go hand in hand! No matter where you live, be it North India, South India, Central India you may not find a grocery store, but surprisingly you will find a temple in almost every lane. Well, others might find it a bit strange but at the end of the day these rituals and devotion towards God have been passed by our ancestors. And some of these temples are wealthy by any standards. Here’s a look at the richest temples in India.
10 Richest Temples In India
1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple
This is the richest temple in the country, it is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is said that the shrine of Lord Padmanabhaswamy possesses wealth of around $20 billion. The idol of Maha Vishnu which is made of gold is worth Rs.500 Crore. Recently a treasure was reported to be found in the temple which included golden crows, golden bow, a sack full of diamonds, antique gold ornaments and thousands of antique jewellery. Also this is temple is known to have lots of mysterious stories, and many still untold.
2. Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple
The temple is located in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Until the last decade Tirupati was considered to be the richest temple of India, but after revelations made by Padmanabhaswamy temple in regard to the treasures which were found in the temple; it has slipped down to second position. The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara is dressed with 1000kgs of Gold. It is also said the temple gets donation is excess of Rs.600 crores every year. While it earns over 10 million by selling ladoos.
3. Shirdi Sai Baba Shrine
The Shirdi Sai Baba Shrine is situated in the Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra. People visit this temple irrespective of their religion, probably that is the reason it is the third richest temple of India. This temple possesses gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 32 crore. The donations received by the temple are in excess of 350 crores every year.
4. Vaishno Devi
It is located in Katra, Jammu & Kashmir. It happens to be one of the oldest and richest temples of India. The temple is visited by millions of Indians every year. The temple has an annual income of over 500 crores and claims to be the second most visited temple with 8 million devotees after Tirupati.
5. Siddhivinayak Temple
It is located in SK Bole Marg, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The temple is visited by 20 thousand to 2 lakh devotees every day which should definitely give you an idea about the assets which the temple possesses. The annual income of the temple lies anywhere between Rs 50-125 Crores. The black stone idol of Lord Ganesha is said to be 200 years old. The dome over the main shrine of Lord Ganesha is coated with 3.7kgs of Gold.
6. Golden Temple
This temple is located in Amritsar, Punjab. Many do not know this that Golden temple is also known as Harmandir Sahib. This happens to be the most famous religious centre of the Sikh community. The canopy of the temple is made of Gold, the altar on which the holy book Guru Granth Sahib is kept is studded with precious diamonds and bright stones. Around 35,000+ devotees visit the temple every day.
7. Meenakshi Temple
It is located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The temple has 20-30 thousand visitors every day. It is estimated that the temple has an annual income of around 55 million to 60 million. The wife of Shiva (Sundareshwar), Deity Meenakshi is the principal deity of the temple. The temple houses two golden Vimana’s which multiply the scenic richness of this popular Hindu Shrine.
8. Jagannath Temple
It is located in Puri, Odisha. According to a few sources, the bank deposits of Jagannath Temple was about to reach 150 crores. The temple receives donations of around Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 20,000 every day and six times the more during festive seasons. Daily around 30,000 devotees visit the temple, and 70,000 during festive seasons. A European devotee had once donated Rs. 1.72 crores through State bank of India
9. Kashi Vishwanath Temple
It is located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Despite the temple being looted quite a number of times in the past the temple still stands in glory. It is estimated that over 200,000 foreign visitors and over 3 million domestic visitors visit this temple every year. The annual donations of the temple is aound Rs 4-5 Crore making it one of the richest temples in India.
10. Somnath Temple
The Somnath Temple is situated near Veraval which is in Saurashtra, Gujrat. The temple has been looted and demolished by invaders around 17 times in the past due to its gold and silver repository. However, it still possesses enough assets to be called one of the richest temples of India.