Top 10 Richest Temples In The World

Top 10 Richest Temples In The World

Temples offer us much spiritual wealth. But many temples also have a lot of material wealth, thanks to the donations they receive from devotees. People who visit temples come not just to seek blessings but also to render thanks for the blessings they have received, in cash or kind. Many Hindu temples in India and abroad are believed to sitting on a huge pile of money and precious ornaments that the devout have donated to the temple. This article looks at some of the richest temples in the world. 

Guruvayoorappan Temple, Guruvayoor

This temple is located in Kerala. It is often called the Dwaraka of South India, as it is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The deity here is worshipped in the form of a boy. People believe that the temple’s location gives it a magnetic power that gives it the ability to heal people. There are strict dress codes for those who wish to pray at the temple. Thousands of people visit it every day. It is a preferred destination for Hindu weddings. The temple’s assets come to around Rs. 2,500 crores.

This temple's deity is Sai Baba, a holy man who practiced a syncretic religion, fusing elements of all faiths. Its wealth comes to Rs. 320 crores. This temple is famous as Sai Baba is believed to work miracles in his devotees’ life even though he is no more. It is located in Shirdi, a village where Baba spent most of his life. The throne on which the idol of Baba is seated was made of 94 kg of gold, which is worth more than 10 crores.

Sabarimala Sree Dharma Shasta Temple, Kerala

This famous temple stands on a hillock, 3000 feet above sea level. Those who wish to pray here need to observe a 41-day fast, during which they have to abstain from meat, alcohol, and sex. They also need to lead an austere life by wearing only black clothes, walking barefoot, sleeping on the floor, and bathing in unheated water. Women and girls of reproductive age are not allowed here. More than 50 million pilgrims visit the temple every year. It is within an eco-sensitive zone that is home to many tigers. The temple’s net value is Rs. 245 crores.

This is one of the Jyotirlinga temples for Lord Shiva. Built by the Chalukyas, its architecture is awe-inspiring. The temple tower is 150 meters high. Invaders had looted and damaged the temple and stolen many of its treasures. Still, it is a grand structure. Located on the west coast of Gujarat, its total worth exceeds Rs. 11 crores.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala

Located in Kerala’s capital city, Trivandrum, the main deity of this temple is Lord Vishnu. This temple is believed to have a lot of treasures hidden away in secret vaults. It is among the world’s richest Hindu temples. The temple has more than Rs. 1,000,000 crores in the form of gold, precious stones, crowns, silver, sculptures, and more. These treasures came to light when one of the locked temple vaults was opened after nearly a century.

It is one of the most ancient Vishnu temples in India. It is in Puri, Orissa, and attracts a lot of pilgrims, especially during the Rath Yatra festival. This is the wealthiest Hindu temple in Orissa. The total assets of the temple have a value of more than Rs.150 crores. During the major festivals, more than 200 kgs of gold are used to adorn the deity. Also, the authorities are yet to explore five underground chambers of the temple, so it is anybody’s guess what the total wealth of the temple is.

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi

Kashi Vishvanath Temple in Kashi is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The temple is located on the bank of the Ganges and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples for Shiva. Its fixed assets are said to amount to Rs. 75 crores. The main deity is Vishvanath or Vishveshvara, which means Lord of the Universe. 

Vaishno Devi Temple, Katra

This temple is very old, and it lies in Jammu and Kashmir- at an altitude of 5300 feet above sea level. Vaishno Devi Temple is a Shakti Sthala or one of the locations – 51 in all - where pieces of Goddess Shakti’s body fell, as a grieving Shiva wandered around, carrying her corpse. An arduous trek is needed to visit the temple on account of the altitude and rugged route. Ponies, helicopters, and palanquins are used to reach it. Despite the hardships, it sees thousands of visitors every year. The temple’s net value is around Rs. 500 crores.

Temple of Love (Prem Mandir), Uttar Pradesh

Prem Mandir is among Vrindavan’s biggest tourist attractions. This temple, occupying a 54-acre site, is dedicated to RadhaKrishna and Sita Ram. It was built using white marble and has great architectural beauty. It is encircled by beautiful fountains and gardens. Life-size depictions of the four leelas of Krishna, including Raas leela, Jhulan leela, Govardhan leela, and Kaliya Naag leela, can be found in the temple complex. It is maintained by an international, non-profit, charitable trust called Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat. 

Venkateswara Temple, Andhra Pradesh

During the pre-pandemic days, when festivals were held, at least 5,000,000 devotees used to visit this temple daily. Annually, the temple gets more than $120 million in gold, cash, and other offerings as donations. Pilgrims also sacrifice their hair, which is cleaned and sold. The temple is valued at Rs. 37,000 crores. Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity here. Each year, the donations received are converted into 3000 kg of gold bars.

Though all these Hindu temples boast immense wealth, their real wealth is the spiritual power and divine aura that performs miracles in the lives of those who visit these temples.

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