For us Indians, temples carry an irreplaceable importance. India is well-known as “Land of Temples” and “Land of Gods and Goddesses” and rightly so. Every year millions of people not only make religious trips but also contribute crores of rupees in donation boxes of these religious places. Over a period of years, the wealth collected by these institutions has also taken the form of gold, diamonds, and silver. Here is the list of temples which earn crores of rupees every year:
- PADMANABHASWAMY TEMPLE, KERALA
This temple is the shrine of Lord Padmanabhaswamy and is said to be the richest temple in the world. Recently, treasures estimated to be worth $20 billion were found from this temple. The temple has six vaults and its treasure includes golden crowns, thousands of jewelry which is studded with emeralds and diamonds, golden bow, the golden idol of Mahavishnu which is worth Rs 500 crore and much more. The golden necklace which the deity wears is said to be 2.5 kg heavy and is 18 feet long.
- TIRUMALA TIRUPATI VENKATESWARA TEMPLE, ANDHRA PRADESH
Once the richest temple of India, the Tirupati temple hosts more than 60,000 devotees every day. The deity of Lord Venkateswara is dressed up with 1000kgs of gold. The temple earns more than $11 Mn. alone from selling laddoos. Also, the estimated income from donation is said to be more than 650 Mn. dollars every single year.
- SHIRDI SAIBABA SHRINE, MAHARASHTRA
People from all over the world visit Saibaba’s Shrine in Maharashtra. The temple has accumulated gold and silver jewelry and treasures, which are worth crores. The temple collected nearly 1000 Crores as donations from devotees over a span of 4 years.
- VAISHNO DEVI TEMPLE, JAMMU
Vaishno Devi is one of the oldest temples in India and is very well recognized as India’s 51 Shakti Peeths. Every year more than 8 million devotees visit this temple. The annual income of the temple is more than Rs 500 crore.
- SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE, MUMBAI
Lord Ganesha’s idol in this temple is more than 200 years old and approximately 20,000- 2 lakh people visit this temple every year including a lot of film stars and celebrities. The dome over the main shrine of this temple is coated with gold which weighs approximately 3.7 kgs which were donated by a businessman. Siddhivinayak’s annual income is around 125 crores.
- GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR
Golden Temple in Amritsar is Sikh’s most popular shrine. But people from all religions visit this temple not only to seek blessings but also admire its architecture. It has a fantastic blend of Indo-European and Indo-Islamic touch which gives off a mesmerizing divine aura. The altar in this temple where the Sikh’s holy book Adi Granth or Guru Granth Sahib has been placed is flecked and studded with precious stones, gems, and diamonds while the canopy is made up of gold.
- MEENAKSHI TEMPLE, MADURAI
This temple is a historic temple of deity Parvati and Lord Shiva located in Tamil Nadu and gets 20,000-30,000 daily visitors. Meenakshi Temple has more than 33,000 ancient sculptures in its campus and 14 gopurams which are 45-50 meters in height. The annual income of this temple is said to be around 6 Crores.