India is the land of spiritual bliss, splashed by the waters of holy rivers. The rich cultural heritage of India owes to the glory of its historical past. There are numerous temples for numerous Gods and diversified beliefs that dot the landscape of India. Some of these Indian temples are known for their architectural magnificence and sculptural splendor, the world wide over.
Apart from art and sculpture, many temples in India have become economic and wealth hubs having crores of rupees turnover with the help of donations and services offered to God by devotees. Also, these highly revered temples develop business and livelihood for the people living over there, thus increasing the standards of locations around them.
Here is the list of top 10 wealthiest temples in India,
1. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple:
Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
- $20 billion in six vaults of Gold.
- The Golden idol of Mahavishnu found in this temple worth Rs. 500 Crore.
- The treasure that was reported to be found in Padmanabhaswamy Temple includes antique gold ornaments, Golden Crowns, Golden Bow, Sack full of Diamonds and thousands of antique
- The treasure that was reported to be found in Padmanabhaswamy Temple includes antique gold ornaments, Golden Crowns, Golden Bow, Sack full of Diamonds and thousands of antique jewelry studded with diamonds and emeralds.
- The Gold necklace adding charm to the divinity of the deity is 18 ft long and weighs around 2.5kg.
2. Tirumala-Tirupathi Venkateshwara Swami Temple:
Location: Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh.
- The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Venkateswara is clad with 1000kgs of Gold.
- The annual income out of selling laddus is around 11million dollars.
- Temple gets donations around 650 crores every year.
- 1st most visited temple in India.
3. Shirdi Saibaba Temple:
Location: Shirdi, Maharashtra.
- Gold and silver jewelry worth approximately Rs 32 crore and silver coins worth more than Rs 6 lakh.
- The annual donation received by the temple reaches up to an amount of around 360 crores.
4. Vaishno Devi Temple:
Location: Katra, Jammu and Kashmir.
- Annual Income of around 500 crores.
- 2nd most visited temple in India.
5. Siddhivinayak Temple:
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
- The annual income of the Siddhivinayak Temple ranges from Rs.48 crore to Rs 125 crore.
- The dome over the main shrine of Ganesha is coated with 3.7kg gold.
- The black stone idol of Lord Ganesha found in this temple is around 200 years old.
6. Golden Temple:
Location: Amritsar, Punjab.
- The walls within are decorated with carved wooden panels and elaborate inlay work in silver and gold.
- The palanquin that bears the Adi Granth is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy.
- Cooked food is serviced for 24 hours/ 365 days in the kitchen of the Golden Temple for pilgrims irrespective of religion, caste, creed and nationality. The expenses are met out of the temple funds.
- Presently approximately 40,000 visitors share the meals every day.
7. Meenakshi Temple:
Location: Madurai, Tamilnadu.
- Meenakshi Temple earns revenue of around 60million every year.
- The temple enshrines around 33,000 sculptures in its periphery.
- The temple houses two golden Vimanas, which multiply the scenic opulence of this popular Hindu temple.
8. Jagannath Temple:
Location: Puri, Odisha.
- The bank deposits of Lord Jagannath Temple was about to reach 150crorese.
- The temple receives the donation of around Rs. 15,000 to 20,000 with six times more donations in the festive season.
- A European devotee once donated 1.72 crore rupees through State Bank of India.
9. Kashi Vishwanath Temple:
Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
- The annual donations to Kashi Vishwanath come to a figure of around Rs 4-5 crore.
- Out of the three domes of the temple, two domes are gold plated.
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple still stands in glory despite being looted and demolished several times in past.
10. Somnath Temple:
Location: Saurashtra, Gujarat.
Wealth: A temple which had been looted and demolished by the invaders around 17 times for its brimming gold and silver repository, Somnath Temple still possesses enough of assets to be called one of the richest temples in India.
Below temples too possess huge wealth and assets,
- Guruvayurappan Temple, Kerala.
- Amarnath Temple, Jammu and Kashmir.
- Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Kerala.
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Noida.
- Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Temple, Maharashtra.
- Lingaraj Temple, Odisha.