Top 5 Richest Temples in India
There are Number of Temples in INDIA. Approximately there are around 6,00,000 Temples in India.
Our parents have taught us why we should go to temples instead of worshipping at home:
- Temples teach you to AIM HIGH IN LIFE (look at the tall towers)
- Temples teach you to THINK BIG AND ACHIEVE IT (our kings thought about huge temples, planned them and built them)
- Temples teach you GOOD THINGS ARE NEVER DESTROYED (look how many years they have been standing in spite of thousands of foreign invasions)
- Temples teach you COMMUNITY SPIRIT (think together, work together and execute together)
- Temples KEEP YOU FIT MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY (temples are huge, when you walk through the corridors, you do big exercise. The festivals in temples lift your spirit)
- Temples HELP YOU TO FOCUS ATTENTION (you develop concentration power)
- Temples are POWER HOUSES (they charge your battery because great saints like Adi Sankara,Ramanuja, Madhwa, Vallabha, Chaitanya, Alvars, Nayanmars,Nivrutti, Gnandev, Sopana,Muktabhai, Eknath, Namdev,Tukaram,Ramdas, Tamil Siddhars and hundred thousand more saints have stored their energy in the temples for generations to come).
1.Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala:
Location:W Nada, East Fort, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
- This temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Tamil style (kovil) of architecture associated with the temples located in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, featuring high walls, and a 16th-century Gopuram. While the Moolasthanam of the temple is the Ananthapuram Temple in Kumbala in Kasargod District, architecturally to some extent, the temple is a replica of the Adikesava Perumal temple located inThiruvattar, Kanyakumari District
- The richest temple in the country, the shrine of Lord Padmanabhaswamy possesses wealth of around $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 jewellery 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 Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh:
Location:S Mada Street, Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
- Venkateswara Temple is a landmark Vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. Hence the place has also got the name Kaliyuga Vaikuntham and the Lord here is referred to as Kaliyuga Prathyaksha Daivam. The temple is also known by other names like Tirumala Temple, Tirupati Temple, Tirupati Balaji Temple. Lord Venkateswara is known by many other names: Balaji, Govinda, and Srinivasa
- May be till last decade, Tirupati temple was believed to be the richest temple in the country. But after the reports disclosing the unbelievable amount of assets possessed by Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Tirupati has gone down to the second position in terms of possessing wealth. Everyday around 60,000 devotees throng at the Venkateswara Temple. 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. It is estimated that the temple gets donation of around 650 crore every year.
3.Shirdi Saibaba Shrine, Mumbai:
Location:Shirdi in Rahata Taluka of Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra
- Sai Baba of Shirdi, also known as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual master who is regarded by his devotees as a saint, a fakir, a satguru and an incarnation (avatar) of Lord Shiva and Dattatreya. He is revered by both his Hindu and Muslim devotees during, as well as after his lifetime. Saibaba is now revered as incarnation of Sri Dattatreya, and considered as Saguna Brahma. He is attributed to be the creator, sustainer and destroyer of this universe by his devotees. He is decorated with jewels and all forms of Hindu vedic deities as he is supreme God
- Indians irrespective of the region they belong to, have a strong belief in the miracles of Sai Baba. And perhaps that is the reason why people have donated so much to this temple that it has turned out to be the third richest temple in the country. Visited by the people of all religions this divine travel destination possesses gold and silver jewellery 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 360crore.
4.Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu:
Location: Katra, Jammu and Kashmir
- aishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Mata Adi Shakti also known as Chandi/Durga. The words “maa” and “mata” are commonly used in India for “mother”, and thus are often used in connection with Vaishno Devi. Vaishno Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Temple or Bhawan is 13.5 km from Katra and various modes of transportation are available from Katra to Bhawan, including Ponies, Electric vehicles and palaki operated by 4 persons. Helicopter services are also available up to Sanjichhat, which is 9.5 km from Katra
- Make a wild guess about the amount of assets a temple will possess which is thronged by 25 thousand to 2 lakh people every day. Yes, you guessed it right! 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. The temple was converted to a six storeyed building in 1990.
5.Golden Temple, Amritsar:
Location: Amritsar, Punjab
- The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib (“abode of God”) or Darbar Sahib is a Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India.It is the holiest Gurdwara and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
- he most famous religious centre of the Sikh Community, Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple attracts globetrotters for its arresting golden colour and exclusive architectural beauty. This charismatic golden shrine is adorned with golden and silver detailing and looks imposing at night for its strikingly illuminated golden dome. A blend of Indo-Islamic and Indo-European touch lends the temple a divine aura. 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. It is estimated that on an average around 40,000 visitors throng here in Golden Temple every day.