What do you think? Only business tycoons are richest people around us? No…we have 33 billion gods and goddesses who possessed gold, diamonds, gem stones and what not? These richest temples in India can amaze you with the possession. Let’s have a tour-
Anantha Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala–
Situated in Thiruvananthapuram, this is the richest temple in the world. The golden deity of Lord Vishnu is worth of Rs. 500 Crore. Moreover, this temple is the mine of gold, diamonds, precious stones, etc. God is really very expensive, right?
Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara Temple, Andhra Pradesh–
The more a place is sacred the richer it is. It is the devotion of the devotees that has made the temple the second richest temple of India. Lord Venkateshwara himself is clad with 1000 kg gold.
Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi–
It is not only rich temple but one of the most sacred places for pilgrims throughout the world. This shrine is also a place where people from different religion and castes come to have blessings. Also rich in humanity, no?
Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Mumbai–
If you visit Mumbai, this is the place you have to keep on the top of the list of sightseeing. Why is it so rich? A survey of 2011-12 has shown that the yearly earning of the temple was 49 Crores approx among which, 45 Crores came only from donation. Got the answer?
Golden Temple, Punjab–
When the gold dome illuminates in lights at night and you heard the hymns of the Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of the Sikhs), it creates a magical impact on your mind. If you’re planning to visit Punjab, you should go to Amritsar to visit this temple.
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai–
If any competition can ever be organized among richest temples in India, the southern part of the country will get the maximum awards. And the Meenakshi temple will secure a good place with its magnificence, beauty and possession, and obviously, the adorable architecture.
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu–
An all over white shrine among the lively greens can soothe your mind, soul and body after so much toil you’ve suffered to reach this temple. Along with its wealth, this temple is also the second holiest temple in India after Tirupati.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi–
Myths, stories, beliefs- all are inculcated among Indians about this holy shrine of Lord Shiva. This temple is not only rich for its worldly possession, but the divinity surrounds it also make the pilgrims rich with devotion and faith. This is considered as one of the richest temple in the world.
Jagannath Temple, Puri–
From a report of 2010, the worth of the wealth, possessed by this temple is nearly 150 Crores! The devotees are scattered throughout the world and the donations come to this temple are big. Once a European devotee donated Rs. 1.72 Crore. Jai Jagannath!!
Somnath Temple, Gujarat–
We’ve already known that the large portion of earning of these temples come from devotees. This temple visits devotees, 1 Lakh to 5 Lakhs each day. Can you imagine how wealthiest the temple is?
Guruvayurappan Temple, Kerala–
This is famous as the Dwarka of South India and is dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple possesses a land of around 230 acres. Almost 40 to 50 thousand people visit this temple every day. Imagine the gathering on festivals!!
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Kerala–
Now you know why Kerala is known as ‘God’s Own Country’. This temple earns around Rs. 230 Crores during pilgrimage season. An interesting fact of this temple is that only men are allowed inside.
Mahalaxmi Temple, Kohlapur–
Yes it is one of the richest temple of India but it is also one of the most holy places of our country. It is one of the parts of those 51 Shaktipeeths, dedicated to Goddess Durga. The black deity is adorned with vibrant gold and silver jewelries.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi–
You will feel proud to be a part of that country which has the largest comprehensive Hindu temple in this world, according to the Guinness Book of World Record. This temple is also an epitome of architectural brilliance.
Lingaraj Temple, Orissa–
A vigorous specimen of Orissa architecture with land revenues, donation and rents, the temple is definitely a rich one in India.