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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:
    Photo: tourist-places-around-the-world.blogspot.com
    Photo: tourist-places-around-the-world.blogspot.com

    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:
    Photo: http://www.couponraja.in/
    Photo: http://www.couponraja.in/

    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:
    Photo: pedia.desibantu.com
    Photo: pedia.desibantu.com

    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:
    Photo: www.mapsofindia.com
    Photo: www.mapsofindia.com

    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:
    Photo: www.linga.co.in
    Photo: www.linga.co.in

    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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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)