Richest Temples of India
Anantha Padmanabha temple in Kerala is the richest temple in the world now. The temple is located in Trivendraum. There are other temples in India which have good incomes and which also have huge properties.
Tirupati is the most famous pilgrimage centre in the world. On an average sixty thousand devotees visit Tirupati per day. The number of devotees who come to Tirupati for the darshan of Lord Sri Venkateshwara during Brahmotsavam is more than two to three lakhs. The temple gets an annual income of Rs. 750 – 800 crores. In various banks, there are nearly 3000 kilos of gold deposits and fixed deposits worth Rs. One thousand crores in the name of the temple. TTD trust receives Rs. 300 crore cash, 350 kilograms of gold and 500 kilograms of silver as gifts. Nearly one and half lakh people are employed directly or indirectly in TTD.
On every Friday special rituals are followed in Tirumala temple and devotees who purchase the ‘Udayasthamana seva’ ticket can participate in these rituals from morning to evening. The price of Udayasthamana seva is Rs. Ten lakhs. These tickets have been booked for the coming thirty years. Total value of properties of Tirumala Sri Venkateswara is nearly Rs.33,000 crores which makes Tirupati one of the richest temples in India.
Sri Sai temple in Shirdi is the famous temple in India followed by Tirumala. In common days nearly 30,000 to 40,000 devotees come to have the darshan of the Lord Sai. On Thursdays, festivals and special celebrations the number of devotees increases to 1.25 lakhs.
The value of Gold, silver ornaments and coins belonging to Shirdi Sai temple is nearly Rs. 32 crores. According to official calculations, the temple has Kisan vikas patra, savings bonds, bank deposits which are valued Rs. 427 crores. Annual income of the temple from interest on bank investments and donations will be nearly Rs. 170 crores. The annual income of Shirdi Sai Trust was Rs. 65 crores in 2004 and has reached to Rs. 300 cores now. The total property of Shirdi Sai temple is more than Rs. One thousand crores.
Vaishno Devi Temple: Vaishno Devi temple is situated in Katra in Jammu district. In 2012, nearly 87.5 lakh devotees visited the temple. Annual income of Vaishno Devi temple is more than RS. 500 crores. In festivals the temple earns Rs. 4 crores per day.
Siddhi Vinayaka Temple: Siddhi Vinayaka temple which is situated in Prabhavati, Mumbai has a history of more than 200 years. On every Tuesday nearly seventy thousand devotees visit the temple.
Annual income of the Siddhi Vinayaka temple is nearly Rs. 46 crores. Every year Rs. 10 – 15 crore are received as donations. Gold, platinum cards are sold for special darshan and pujas in the temple. The value of Siddhi Vinayaka temple properties is nearly Rs. 350 crores.
Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple:
Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is situated is Trisur district in Kerala. The temple is visited by more than thirty thousand devotees per day. In festival days more than one lakh devotees visit the temple.
Annual income of Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is nearly Rs. 2.5 crores. The temple has fixed deposits worth Rs. 125 crores. The ticket which allows the devotees to participate in Udayasthamana seva is priced Rs. 50,000. This ritual is performed every year for 110 days and the tickets for this seva has already been booked till the year 2049. The properties of Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple is nearly Rs. 250 crores.
Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple: Main temple for Sabarimala temple is Sabarimala. Every year nearly four crore devotees visit the temple during November – January. During this same the temple earns nearly Rs. 75 crores.
Annual income of Sabarimala temple, one of the richest temples in India is nearly RS. 100 crores. Travancore Devaswom has insured the temple for Rs. 30 crores. The temple receives nearly Rs. 30 crores only through the sale of Prasadam.
Golden Temple: Golden temple situated at Amritsar has a history of more than 400 years. Nearly 750 kilograms of gold is used in the construction of Golden temple. Every day nearly three and half lakh people from various religions visit the temple. The number reaches to ten lakhs in festival days.
Annual income of Golden temple is more than Rs. 500 crores. In festival days the income of the temple is more than Rs. 4 crore per day. The value of Golden temple properties is more than Rs. One thousand crores.
Akshardham in Delhi, Golden temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Jagannath Temple in Puri etc also come in the list of richest temples in India.