There are a number of rich temples in India which are famous throughout the world and gets visitors from almost every country. These temples had rich foundations with the finest quality of brick and some pure marble so they still stand strong against all natural calamities that took place on these religious sites. Since India is a land of temples and people here seem to be very religious and some of them show off their devotion by donating an unbelievable amount of money to the temples. The devotees have donated sacks of gold, silver, and diamonds, which have later become the possessions of temple trusts. Here is the glimpse of the 10 most richest and wealthiest temples in India 2017.
The 10 Most Richest and Wealthiest Temples in India 2017
The richest temple in the country, the shrine of Lord Padmanabhaswamy possesses the 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 present in Padmanabhaswamy Temple includes antique gold ornaments, Golden Crowns, Golden Bow, Sack full of Diamonds and thousands of antique jewelry with diamonds and emeralds. The Gold necklace adding charm to the divinity of the deity is 18 ft long and weighs around 2.5kg.
Venkateswara temple gathers 50 thousand to 100 thousand people daily. The number shoots up to 500 thousand during special festivals and occasions. With so many devotees paying obeisance daily, it must be no surprise that the temple receives donations in large amounts. The Tirumala temple has gold reserves and 52 tonnes of gold ornaments ( including antique gold ornaments and vessels of deity donated by kings and even British rulers for over 1000 years) which are worth over Rs 37,000 crore as per latest estimates. Every year it converts over 3000 kg of gold received in hundi/donation box from pilgrims as gold reserve deposits with nationalized banks.
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 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 360crore.
One of the important Hindu pilgrim sites in North India is the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi. It is one of the oldest Hindu temples in India. Each year tourists in millions visit this shrine and pay offerings in cash and kind. The average income per year is somewhere around Rs. 500 Crores.
Make a wild guess about a number of assets a temple will possess which is gathers 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.