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Mysore: India has few of the world’s richest places of worship. These temples, which serve as religious and spiritual guides to millions of Indians and are involved in a large range of social activities for the upliftment of people, are also repositories of gold, diamonds, jewelries, and donations that run up to many crores in some cases. Apart from the world famous Amritsar Golden Temple, India has a few others as well which are not that well-known.

Though, not all temples are rich with a large number of them actually being in dilapidated condition, there are some temples which are either made with gold or having a huge reserve of gold and other precious gems.

NewsGram brings you a list of five of the richest temples of India.

  1. Anantha Padmanabhaswamy temple, Kerala:

    The temple is counted among the holiest places of worship of Lord Vishnu. The present temple Gopuram dates back to at least the 16th century, but the temple itself is believed to be much older. In 2011, when the underground vaults were opened, heaps of gold, diamonds, jewels, idols, and artifacts were discovered. The total wealth of the temple has been valued to be more than one lakh crores, making it the richest temple in India.

  2. Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, Andra Pradesh:

    The temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, another form of Lord Vishnu is also famous for its wealth. Every year, millions of devotees visit the temple and donate gold and silver among other items. The temple has around 5.5 tons of gold in bank deposits and the idol of the deity is believed to be decorated with around 1000 Kgs of gold.

  3. Shirdi Saibaba Temple, Maharashtra:

    As of 2013, the Saibaba Temple at Shirdi was reported to have a reserve of ornaments and jewelry worth 50.5 crores and another 627 crore rupees in fixed deposits. The temple is dedicated to the popular saint Shirdi Sai Baba who lived during the 19th century.

  4. Siddhivinayak Temple, Mumbai:

    The temple is one of the most famous temples in Mumbai with a rich spiritual and religious history. The temple has amassed around 158 Kgs of gold offerings according to an April, 2015 report. Also, the dome over Ganesha has been coated with around 3.7 kilos of gold.

  5. Sripuram Golden Temple, Vellore:

    The temple which opened in August 2007 is completely covered with gold. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mahalaksmi and has been built using around 1.5 tons of gold.

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Life Lessons We All Should Learn From Lord Shiva

There are lot's if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons
There are many life lessons that one can learn from the philosophies of Lord Shiva. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma

  • Lord Shiva is the supreme Hindu Deity
  • He is a symbol of peace and tranquillity
  • There are lot’s if life lessons that one can learn from this Hindu deity

Lord Shiva as everyone knows is a Hindu God. He is one of the Trinity and is the principal deity of Hinduism.  God Shiva is considered the “destroyer of evil and the transformer” of the world. The Birth and history of Lord Shiva are topics of great discussions and confusions.

Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of hinduism. Wikimedia Commons
Lord Shiva is one of the principle deity of Hinduism. Wikimedia Commons

Lord Shiva is known to have no end and no beginning, yet, the origin of his birth is a much sought-after topic for several generations. Many ‘Puranas’ claims Shiva to be ‘aja’ meaning the one who has no birth. Some other scriptures claim that Lord Shiva was born out of Lod Narayana or Lord Vishnu. However, the authenticity of all the claims remain unclear, and there is still a solid mystery which surrounds the origin and birth of Shiva.

Shiva is also known Mahadev, i.e., the gods of all gods and rightly so. Throughout the Hindu mythology, Shiva has been portrayed as a tranquil and peaceful figure who grants all prayers of his followers and devotees. His another name is ‘Bhole Bhandari’ because of his innocent nature.

Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay
Lord Shiva is known for his peace and tranquillity. Pixabay

However, other than his peaceful nature, the other thing Lord Shiva is famous for is his flaring temper. Indian mythology is full of stories about Lord Shiva causing mass destruction due to his anger. The opening of his third eye is said to cause mass destruction.

Also Read: Enigmatic Mount Kailash: The abode of Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva’s appearance is a beautiful shade of blue because of him consuming the poison from the sea to save the world. However, just like his body is shades of blue there are many shades to his personality as well. Here are few life lessons of Lord Shiva that we all need to take a note of.

  • Come what may never tolerate the evil. Being destroyer of the evil himself, Shiva teaches us to never tolerate or bow down in front of the evil.
  • Self-control is the key to living a fulfilled life. Excess is of everything is bad and losing control ourselves is worse. One should always have a control over themselves to live a successful and fulfilled life.
  • Materialistic happiness is temporary. To be happy, be adjustable like water. Shiva says that attaching our happiness to earthy, material things won’t give us long-lasting happiness.
  • Keeping calm is very important. Lord Shiva used to meditate for hours and is easily the epitome of calmness and that’s what he advocates too.
  • Desires lead to destruction. Shiva believes that desires lead to obsessions which in turn leads to destruction. Never desire more than what you deserve. Be happy with what you have and work hard for what you want to achieve.
  • Respect your family. Lord Shiva is husband to Goddess Parvati and father to Lord Ganesha and Lord Kartikeya. He respected his children and especially wife a lot. Respecting one’s  family is very important for living a successful life.
  • Control your ego and let go of pride. Ego prevents us from achieving greatness. Let go of your pride and control your ego to live a fulfilled life.
  • Everything is temporary. Everything in this world is temporary. Time changes as do we and our choices and desires. It is better to let go of all the ‘moh maya’ and live in the moment happily with what we already have.