Friday, 14 August 2015


India is the world's biggest consumer of gold and its ancient temples have collected billions of rupees in terms of jewellery, bars and coins over the centuries.. Every year thousands of visitors frequently visit these religious places. Its not a bribe but a token of respect, faith and belief.
Lets know about the richest temples of India.

1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Padmanabhaswamy Temple is located  in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The richest of all the temples in India. Recently in June 2011, a committee of 7 members opened a chamber A and found tonnes of gold coins, jewellery, sacks of diamonds and other precious stones lying untouched from thousands of year.

With the estimated Rs 1 lakh crore worth of wealth that was found to be kept under underground stone cellars, but if Rs 1 lakh crore floored you completely, there are claims that suggest the actual worth of the assets could well be above Rs 5 lakh crore.

2. Tirupati Balaji Temple

The second richest of all the temples in India.Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) receives 80-100 kg of gold and 100-120 kg of silver as offerings every month. "Tirupati has a treasure trove of Rs 70,000 crore in the form of gold bars, coins and jewellery”.It deposits the gold in banks to earn interest.very day close to 70,000 devotees visit Tirupati Balaji temple. Karnataka exminister Gali Janardhan Reddy, for instance, had offered a diamond-studded crown worth Rs 42 crore to the God.
More than 12,000 kg of gold, ornaments and other precious jewels and 11,000 kg of silver worth over Rs 50,000 crore is already offered by a devotees till now. The 8-feet black-coloured main idol is loaded up with at least 65-70 kg of gold ornaments every day and it is estimated that in a single day offerings to the Lord ranges between Rs 80 lakh and Rs 1.5 crore.

3. Shirdi Saibaba Temple

he famous pilgrim centre of Shri Saibaba temple in Shirdi, one of the richest temples in Maharashtra, has ornaments and jewellery worth over Rs 32 crore and investments running into Rs 4,27,17,02,929 crore, according to official documents. And also it has Rs 47,82,31,835.64-crore as Trust Corpus Fund.

The temple trust has ornaments and jewellery including Gold worth Rs 24,41,10,640-cr, Silver--Rs 3,26,19,152-cr; Silver coins-- Rs 612,317; Gold Coins--Rs 1,28,89,749-cr and Gold pendants worth Rs 1,12,31,903-cr.

4. Siddhivinayak Temple

The two-century-old Shree Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai devoted to Lord Ganesha. The dome over Ganesha is coated in 3.7 kilos of Gold. It is one of country's richest temples, on an average the per year income of the temple goes up to 48 Cr and fixed deposit os Rs 125 Cr. Having amassed 158 kg of gold offerings, worth some $67 million, and its heavily guarded vaults are strictly off limits.

5. Vaishno Devi Temple 

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board caters to second largest pilgrim batch after Tirupti. It is one of the oldest temples in India, located near Katra, Jammu &Kashmir.The average estimated income per year is believed to be somewhere around 500 crore.

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Article by
Krupa J.S.
CAD Designer, SDI