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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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Puja for The Spiritualism, Not for Vulgar Entertainment

The westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures" and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those "holy books" only in the drawers of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods' idols !!!

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he westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our "scriptures"

By Salil Gewali

Any auspicious days in Hinduism are expected to be observed with a complete purity of action and thought. The same holds true for other religions too. As per the Hindu scriptures, the believers are required to stay away from any kind of sense gratifications, particularly when the specific days are dedicated to Gods and Goddess such as Navratri, Laxmi Puja, Krishna Janmashtami, Shivaratri, to name a few. The pathway to devotion and spiritualism should not be “desecrated” by the blot of the brazen entertainment. The scriptures logically explain why it is antithetical, and its adverse consequences.

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Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.

 But, what a huge irony, rather a blasphemy that many people these days have started to choose the auspicious days of Gods to satisfy their base senses. Without a wee bit of regret, a certain class of people holds almost every auspicious day as the most “unmissable” occasion to booze with the friends, and what not, and stagger back home, lol! Such bizarre practices are fast catching now than ever.  Sadly, hardly any conscious people and spiritual organizations stand up and take the right measures to check such godless deviations.

What is quite unpleasant is that such a kind of unholy practices are often being facilitated by certain “Hindu intuitions” as well. On this past Laxmi Puja, the “propitious time” to perform the ritual had fallen between 6 PM to 7:53 PM. Yours truly decided to use that span of time for meditation. But hell broke loose. Apart from fireworks around, the Bollywood songs in high decibel burst forth from a certain Hindu institution quite frustrated the mission.

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Sadhu Sanga Retreat, 2016

 One senior citizen laments – “Nothing could be irreligious than the fact that a favorable time for “puja” is also being used for the wrongful purposes. We rather expect the “Hindu institutions” to teach our children Bhajan, Kirtan, and other spiritual activities, not the loud and feverish parties and disturb others.”

Another college student adds “Having been much disturbed by the noise pollution, I have persuaded my parents to shift our place of residence to elsewhere, not at least near holy places with an unholy mission. I have started to see such institutions with the eyes of suspicion these says.” Is it that our institutions are unable to use their “discretion”, and as a result, they fail to differentiate between right and wrong?  One is deeply apprehensive that Bollywood songs and vulgar dances might as well be included as a part of the “puja ritual” as we have long accepted the fun of fireworks bursting as an integral part of Laxmi Puja which in fact is just an entrenched “misconception”.

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Hinduism is expected to be observed with a complete purity of action

Needless to say, our roar for consumerism has almost drowned the whisper of inherent spiritualism. We are only just sending out the wrong messages. I’m afraid, the whole culture itself might be looked down with derision by other faiths. It might just become a subject of ridicule! It is no exaggeration, such negative notions against the “wrong practices” are all what we often read these days in several newspapers and social media. Do we want others to demean our profound spiritual heritage thus?  I believe it calls for a serious soul-searching.

Incidentally, the Bhagavad Gita describes such situation as the rise of “tamasic vibes”.  It warns in the strongest terms that mankind should absolutely be careful not to fall under the influence of any short-lived sense gratifications. Or else, our endeavor to “practice and preserve” the sanctity of a religion/spiritualism will be a futile exercise.

However, on the other hand, the westerners practicing Hinduism have learned a pretty well from our “scriptures” and are becoming more spiritual while we just locked up those “holy books” only in a drawer of the altar. Thus we only love to shake our “butts to the boom-boom of Bollywood”.. right in front of the Gods’ idols !!!

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’.

Twitter:@SGewali.