India is a land of large diversities belonging to different, caste, colour, creed, sex and religion. Religion is the toughest thing to discuss in India and anything against religion is such a taboo. This is not racism, aggressive-regionalism or superstition but this is the love of people for the Gods they follow. For such reason, they also donate gold, jewellery and their valuable things to the temples they follow, not as a bribe but devotion. Out of these donations, few temples have grown a lot and have made their name throughout the nation. These famous richest temples in India are:
5. Golden Temple, Amritsar
Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib and Sri Darbar Sahib was built in 1574 by the fourth Guru, Guru Ram Das. Already famous as the Holiest place of Sikh religion with the Akal Takt (Seat of God) present in it. As the name represents ‘Golden Temple’ this temple has a shining beautiful dome and walls of gold which are even more beautiful at night. Along with gold on the outside walls, the temple also has gold and silver framed paintings along with expensive artefacts and monuments inside. The palanquin in which the Adi Granth is kept is made of a gold canopy, silver poles and is decorated by many precious and valuable gems.
4. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
The Siddhivinayak Temple is located in Prabhadevi, Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra.This temple has a dome which covers the statue of Lord Ganesha made up of pure 3.7 kilos of gold which was donated by a rich Kolkata-based businessman. This site is also visited frequently by Bollywood stars and other VIPS as this temple has a name all over the world and many devotees from foreign countries also visit this temple yearly. With the donations done by these devotees in love, this temple accounts up to the average income of Rs 320 crore and is the 4th richest temple in India.
3. Saibaba Temple, Shirdi
Saibaba Temple is a beautiful shrine located In Shirdi and was built in 1922. This temple is well-known throughout India and is the top place to worship the miraculous Sai Baba. Around thousands of devotees visit this place daily and it is also famous as one od the holiest places of India. This temple has gold and jewelry donations worth 32 crores and is also the home of many antique artifacts. Along with gold, this temple also has silver accounting up to more than 6 lakh rupees. With these stats growing every day and rising this temple’s annual income to approximately 300 crore rupees, it is one of the richest temples in India.
2. Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Andra Pradesh
Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple is very popular in South India and is situated in Andhra Pradesh. This temple is also famous as ‘Tirupati Balaji Temple’ and Amitabh Bachchan is one of the followers of the deity and has donated around 51 lakh rupees to this temple. Moreover, the deity is clad with 1000kg of gold. around 1,50,000 laddus are made daily to serve the deity and costs up to 11 million rupees. It is also said that people drop bags of gold and diamonds at the feet of Lord Venkateswara. The annual income of this temple is approximately Rs 650 crore and it is the 2nd richest temple in India.
1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
The Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela and is already known as the world’s richest temple. This temple became popular to the world in 2011 when assets were discovered from several hidden places of the temple which accounted to be of Rs 1,00,000 Crores. The wealth found in this temple was already enough to make an impact on Kerala’s whole economy. Moreover many costly valuables were not accounted otherwise this shocking surprise which the temple gave to the whole world would have been more shocking. The treasure found in this temple included 17Kg of antique gold coins, golden crowns, 18 feet long golden necklace, a full sack of diamonds and a golden idol of Mahavishnu worth Rs. 500 crore.