India is a country of diverse cultures and temples. It has so many religions and over 100 languages. Amongst all the fascinating things in India, one thing that blows everyone’s minds is the crazy rich temples. People in India highly believe in God, and they donate wholeheartedly to these temples.
Let’s have a look at some of those rich temples in India:
1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala:
This rich temple in India is a shrine of Lord Padmanabhaswamy. It is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The idol of Mahavishnu in this temple is worth 500 crores. This temple also possesses a wealth of $20 billion in six rooms of gold.
2. Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwar Temple, Andhra Pradesh:
Also known as Tirupati Balaji, this temple was known as the richest temple in India, but after the treasures found in the Padmanabhaswamy temple, its rank went down to the second. This temple gets a donation of around 650 crores in a year from 60,000 annual devotees who visit this temple.
3. Shirdi Saibaba Shrine, Maharashtra:
This temple is situated in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. It is a shrine of Sai Baba, and many people in India worship him. This temple receives a lot of donations from people worldwide, estimating it to around 360 crores in a year.
4. Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu:
This is one of the oldest temples in India, located in the mountains in Katra, Jammu. This shrine has over millions of visitors all around the year despite its tedious location. The annual income of the temple is around 500 crore.
5. Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra:
This temple is located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It receives a donation of around 100 crores in a year and the dome of the Ganesha is covered with 3.7 kgs of gold. The idol of Ganesha is believed to be 200 years old and is black.
6. Golden Temple, Punjab:
This temple is located in Amritsar, Punjab and it is the holiest place of the Sikhs. The canopy of the temple is made up of gold and on several parts of the temple, gold plating has been done. The temple receives around 50,000 visitors every year.
7. Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu:
This temple is the shrine of Devi Meenakshi, wife of Lord Shiva. It is situated in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and is full of colours. The temple receives around 20,000 visitors daily and has an annual revenue of 60 million.
8. Jagannath Temple, Odisha:
This temple is located on the coast of Puri, Odhisa. It receives around 30,000 devotees every day and the number rises to around 70,000 during the festive season. The annual revenue of the temple is around 100 crores. Once a European devotee donated around 1.7 crores to the temple through State Bank of India.
9. Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Uttar Pradesh:
Despite being demolished and looted several times in the past, the temple is still one of the richest temples in India. The temple receives around 4 million devotees a year including both domestic and foreign tourists.
10. Somnath Temple, Gujarat:
Just like Kashi Temple, this temple has also been lotted over 17 times in history by the invaders. But this temple still holds enough assets to make a mark on this list. The temple is located in Saurashtra, Gujarat.
11. Amarnath Temple, Jammu & Kashmir:
This temple worships Lord Shiva where it is believed that the shiva lings are formed automatically from the ice. It is located in the Pahalgam district of Jammu & Kashmir. Despite its difficulties, the devotees still visit this place considering it once in a lifetime of opportunity. The yatra only opens for around 2 months in a year and it is believed that if it is kept open all around the year then it might fetch around 24,000 crores for the government.
12. Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, Kerala:
This temple has around 50 million visitors in a year. It is located in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. This temple was in a lot of controversies when a case was filled in the supreme court, seeking that only men are allowed to enter the temple. Despite all these facts, the temple has a revenue of 230 crores in a year.
13. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi:
This huge temple located in Delhi is the newest entry to the list. It also holds the record in Guinness Book for being the ‘World’s Largest Hindu Temple’. The temple attracts lakhs of devotees in a year and receives huge donations.
14. Mahalaxmi Temple, Maharashtra:
This temple is located in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. It is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas in India. The temple earns around 10-15 crores of donation in a year.
15. Lingaraj Temple, Odisha:
This temple is located in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. The temple has a popular idol of Lord Shiva and it witnesses around 5000 visitors every year and 2 lakhs visitors during Shivaratri alone. The temple earns a donation of around 2 million in a year.