Temples for devotees are a flare of hope. Every prayer comes with an offering making the deity rich, and that makes the temple richer. So the Gods have more money than even some billionaires. Below are few such temples.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala
It is situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Recently, they noticed treasures, which are worth Rs. 1 lakh crore from the secret vaults of the temple. Many articles such as gunnies full of gold chains, coins, and crowns were found from the treasure that was unearthed. It is the world’s richest temple and also one of the 108 Divya Desams (holy abodes of Vishnu).
Tirupati Balaji, Andhra Pradesh
Wealth: Rs. 900 crore
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), the hundi collections last year was Rs. 900 crore, and the trust manages the temple money. They have 14,000 employees on payroll; also they have pension funds of Rs. 115 crore. The Indian Overseas Bank and the State Bank Of India has been deposited with the gold reserves and 52 tonnes of golden ornaments, which belong to the temple.
Shirdi Sai Baba, Nashik
Wealth: Rs 540 crore
The donation box of Shirdi is never empty, as Sai Baba has a following of disciples of a large number, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion. The people who come there to worship, whole-heartedly put diamonds and gold into the donation box.
Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu
Wealth: Over 500 crore
People from far away places worship the Vaishno Devi. It witnesses a handsome count of10 million pilgrims every year. After Tirupati temple, it is the second biggest crowd-puller. The temple stored 1.2 tonnes of gold and has an annual income of 500 crore.
Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
Wealth: Rs 125 crore
Its dome is coated with 3.75 kgs of gold. Siddhivinayak is most crowded on Tuesdays and on Sankashti Chaturthis, the number goes over lakhs. Being Mumbai’s richest temple it is flocked by over 25 thousand devotees everyday.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Golden Temple is known as the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism. Canopy of the temple is made of gold. 1,00,000 people are fed at the kitchen in the temple. The figure of the temple money is not disclosed yet, but it is estimated that it goes over crores!
Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
Wealth: Over 60 crores
This temple is said to be the wealthiest temple in the whole of South India and it is located on the banks of Vaigai river in Madurai. 10 lakh devotees every year visit the temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Sabarimala Temple, Kerala
Wealth: Rs 105 crores
A million of devotees visit this temple for pilgrimage every year. The temple, which is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, is very rich. They annually earn Rs. 105 crores, also it has over 15 kgs of gold.
Guruvayurappan Temple, Kerala
Wealth: 50 crores
The Guruvayurappan temple also known as the ‘Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth’. The temple has an annual income of 50 crore. It also has 600 kgs of gold from which 500 kgs is deposited in the State Bank Of India.
Jagannath Temple, Puri
Wealth: 208 kg gold and 25,711 acres of land
The devotees donate more than 10 kg gold. 30,000 acres of land is registered under the name of Lord Jagannath, which makes him the richest landlord.
Somnath Temple, Gujarat
Wealth: 109 kg Gold
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It deposited gold to the PM’s Gold Monetisation Scheme. Land owned by the trust of the temple is worth Rs. 1639 crore. The shrine’s golden collection is 109 kg! 40 kg of gold was donated by a leading diamond merchant.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
The temple management of this temple was accused of hiding 99 kg of gold in its chambers, by the former priest of the temple. It is one of the oldest and holiest Hindu temple. The spirals and domes of Kashi Vishwanath Temple are made of gold, making it look like the Golden Temple. The annual income of this temple is undisclosed, but the temple is known for its riches.
Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur
The devotees of the Goddess Laxmi come here to worship her, and the temple is bound to be rich. Though the wealth of this temple is undisclosed, a report of the accounting year 2013-14 says, the temple was in the list of 3,067 temples whose total income came to Rs. 14,66,83,000.