Spirituality has attracted millions across the world to the mystic land of Indi. Despite being a flourishing centre of trade, India has gained prominence among the international crowd for its Gods and temples. Thus temples have become centres of trade and commerce, earning immeasurable revenue of their own. India has the richest temples in the world and here we are going to look at the top 5 of them.
irumala Tirupathi Venkateshwara Temple
Nestled on the seventh peak of the Venkata Tirumala hill, the Tirumala Tirupathi temple is one of the oldest and the most richest temple of India. The temples coffers are filled with donations of the devotees, who are still trying to pay off Lord Venkateshwara’s debt to the God of wealth , Kubera. The temple receives millions in money, land tributes, silver and gold, which is used by the trust to fund the charitable work of the temple and to provide services to the devotees who come there everyday.Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram
This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is located in God’s own country of Kerala. It is managed by the Royal family of Travancore who retain its authority since time immemorial. Designed in the Dravidian style, the temple has hidden and apparent riches which are astounding to the common folk. Lord Vishnu resides here, reclined on the Ananthaseshan, the celestial serpent. The temple already has a huge amount of wealth close to the figure of 90,000 crores, amassed over the ages, and receives enormous amount of donations by its devotees.Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai
This pristine white temple, is the most popular temple to the citizens of Maharashtra. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the temple has attracted millions of visitors since the early 1900’s. The temple was formerly a small brick structure, but has now grown to a palatial abode carved from white marble. The temple is a favourite of celebrities and any day you visit, you can catch a famous face there. The wait is long and the crowd is huge, but the architecture and the God himself make up for this minor inconvenience.Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi
One of the most famous International pilgrimage sites, this temple is dedicated to Sai Baba, a miracle worker and ascetic, who is worshipped akin to God. It is one of the more recent temples to be built and was consecrated in the year 1992. This is the third richest temple in India, in terms of donations received from devotees. This is because the temple not only attracts Hindus and Indians but people from all around the world, from all religions.Golden Temple Amritsar
The most famous and the first Shining Golden tribute to the Gods, the Golden temple at Amritsar was originally called Sri Harmandir Sahib. The upper floors are constructed from a whopping 400 kg of Gold. The Guru Granth Sahib, which is the Holiest book of the Sikhs is housed here. The complex also contains a museum that relates the history and ideologies of the Sikhs. The temple uses its donations to provide free food every day to anybody who visits the temple. They also are involved in a wide variety of charitable work.There are many more such temples in India, whose overall revenue exceeds the entire budget of the nation. This revenue is laid to good use to reach the impoverished and those truly deserving of help.