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Five richest temples of India relatively unknown to world

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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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Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

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There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

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It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

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If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

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There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

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Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali