Top 10 Richest Indian Temples
A temple is a symbolic house, seat and body of god. It is a structure designed to bring human beings and gods together, using symbolism to express the ideas and beliefs.
A temple incorporates all elements of Hindu cosmos—presenting the good, the evil and the human, as well as the elements of Hindu sense of cyclic time and the essence of life—symbolically presenting dharma, kama,
India is known for its temples as much as it is known for the cultural diversity. We have always heard about how much wealth these temples possess. So here's a list of India's wealthiest temples.
#1 Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is World’s richest temple with estimated wealth over $1 trillion dollars. This temple has been center of controversies and mysteries surrounding the wealth and secret vaults. Legends and stories have kept officials from getting into the infamous Vault B. Nevertheless the documented wealth of this Temple amounts to $22 Billion. If you are Indiana Jones treasure hunt fan, you must pay a visit to this temple.
Location: West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023
#2 Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh
Only recently after the secret vaults of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple were opened, Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple (Commonly called Tirupati Balaji Temple) slipped to the second position in the richest list. According to a report, the temple has deposited 4500 tonnes of Gold to banks. Not only gold, Tirupati Balaji Temple is one of the most visited temples generating over $6.50 billion every year in donations.
Location: S Mada St, Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517504
#3 Shirdi Saibaba Temple, Mumbai
Shirdi Sai is believed to be healer and savior of common men. Over the years devotees have poured wealth making it the third richest temple in India. No matter what religion you belong, people from every sects and religion visit this place with devotion. According to an article in Indiatimes, the temple posses about $18 million in cash with 380 Kg of Gold and 4,428 Kg Silver.
Location: Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, (Shirdi) PO: Shirdi Tal. Rahata Dist. Ahmednagar State- Maharashtra India
#4 Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu
The second most visited temple in India with over 10 million devotees every year. It is estimated to accumulate over $5 Billion/ ₹ 500 crores every year as a donation from the devotees. It is one of the oldest shrines in the country located at a height of 5200 fts in Jammu.
Location: Katra-Reasi Rd, Bhavan, Katra, Jammu and Kashmir 182301
#5 Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
One of the most popular temple with devotees like Tim Cook, Paris Hilton, Ronaldinho, Sachin Tendulkar, Bachchan Family and many other famous and celebrities around the world. This temple holds the title of Celebrity Temple with wealth to be the 4th richest temple in India. Inside the temple, the Ganesha Idol has 3.7 kgs of Gold wrapping. Being one of the most visited temples with every Tuesday the temple has over 500,000 visitors, it accumulates over $125 as donation every year.
Location: S.K.Bole Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400028
#6 Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
This temple accumulates over $60 million every year from devotees around the globe. On average the temples get around 20-30k visitors every day. The Meenakshi Temple is an architectural excellence with 33,000 sculptures.
Location: Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001
#7 Golden Temple, Amritsar
Golden is the famous Sikh pilgrimage center attracting over 40k visitors every day. With its majestic golden glare and scenic magnificence, Golden Temple is among the richest temples in India. The domes are covered with 750 kgs of pure Gold. If you are in Punjab or visiting India, Golden temple should be on your list to visit to be awestruck by the yellow shining masterpiece.
Location: Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006
#8 Jagannath Temple, Puri
Jagannath Temple Puri is among the oldest and richest temples in India. With its estimated wealth of about $2.5 billion/ ₹ 250 crores and 7 secret vaults of wealth out of which only 2 is revealed. We can expect the prodigious amount of wealth discovered. Nevertheless, the Jagannath Temple attracts a large number of devotees every day and over 70k during the famous “Rath Yatra”.
Location: Puri Sri Nahar, Puri, Odisha 752001
#9 Kashi Vis hwanath Temple, Varanasi
India’s one of the most visited temples with over 3 million devotees domestically and over 200,000 foreign visitors every year accumulates over $50 million/ 5 crores annually.
Located: Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001
# 10 Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Kerala
One of the unique traditions of the temple is only men can enter this temple. It is estimated to have accumulated a wealth of around $2.3 billion/ ₹230. Devotees have to go through 41 days fast before the pilgrimage. This temple has over 60 million devotees every year making it most visited temple in the Country.
Location: Sabarimala, Pampa Triveni, Pathanamthitta, Kerala
If wealth of these temples are utilised in proper direction for proper purpose then there will be no poverty in the country , no one will die of hunger , there is no economic crises.
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