India, a land with diverse culture has numerous temples around. The rise of the temple might be the reason why the majority of people seek solace at the feet of God and retreat their eyes. These are not just richest temples, but also a place with immense faith. The prime reason, why several devotees from around the world reckon to these places due to their faith and miracles! Here is a list of ‘Top Richest Temples In India’.
- Padmanbhaswamy Temple – Kerala
The Padmanbhaswamy Temple is the richest temple in India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, the shrine holds wealth around $20billion in around 6-vaults. The idol of Mahavishnu is worth 500-Crores INR. The necklace of the divine deity is 18-feet long, weighing around 2.5kg.
- Tirumala Tirupati Temple – Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati Temple was the richest temple in India, but after disclosing enormous assets. Tirupati Temple has slid down to the second position. Around 60,000 devotees pay a visit to Venkateswara temple. The idol of Lord Venkateshwara weighs around 1000kgs of Gold. Also, around 11-million dollars amount of Laddus is annually sold. According to officials, the temple receives 650 crore of donation each year.
- Shirdi – Maharahstra
Several Indians have strong beliefs in the miracles of ‘Sai Baba’. Perhaps, this is the reason why several devotee pay visits to this shrine. It is the third richest temple in India. The shrine is visited by people of several religions. Around 360 crores of annual donations are noted by officials.
- Vaishno Devi Temple – Jammu
The Vaishnov Devi Shrine is the oldest shrine in India, visited by millions of devotees from India and around the world. Around 500-crores of annual donations is received and around –million of pilgrims visit the temple. The temple is said to be second most visited shrine after Tirupati.
- Siddhivinayak Temple – Maharashtra
Ganesha is a much loved deity for people of Maharashtra, state of India. The shrine receives around 100-125 million of donation every year, the dome of the temple is coated with 3.7kg of gold.
- Golden Temple – Amritsar, Punjab
The Golden Temple is a famous religion center of the Sikhs, it attracts thousands of devotees with its architectural beauty. The shrine is a blend of Indo-Islamic with a touch of Indo-European features. The top canopy of the shrine is covered with gold, also the altar where the holy book is kept; it is studded with bright stones and diamonds. Annual donation is not disclosed.
- Meenakshi Temple
The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai in Tamil Nadu is a temple visited widely. The temple has around 33,000 sculptures; the temple is of Meenakshi deity who is the wife of Shiva in the form of Sundareshwar. There are almost 14 gopurams adorning the temple.
- Jaggannath Temple
One of the richest temples in India, the Jaggannath Temple is located in Puri in the state of Odisha. The temple is estimated to be visited by almost 30000 devotees daily which rises to nearly 70000 in festivals. It is also noted that once a European devotee donated 1.72 crores through a bank.
- Somnath Temple
The Somnath temple near Veraval in the state of Gujarat is Lord Shiva, and one of the twelve Joyitirlinga. The temple was richer in those days. It was studded with gems and gold quoted earlier, which was looted by Mahmood Gazni almost 17 times for the gold and precious gems and demolished but the temple was reconstructed and stands with pride now.
- Kashi Vishwanath Temple
This Shiva temple is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga. This temple is in Kashi, which is the holiest place in India known as Vaeanast. The temple despite of being looted and demolishing several times by invaders stands in full glory, even now, estimated to be visited by more than 3 million Indian and 200000 foreign visitors every year. There are three domes and two of them are gold plated.