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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.