India is a land of diversity in religious beliefs and cultures. It has a lot of rich and famous temples where devotees flock to seek the solace and peace at the feet of their deity. Hindu dynasties have built the temples as the symbol of their inclination towards culture and art since time immemorial. Several temples in India are known for miracles and immerse faith that attracts large number of admirers across the world. They have earned huge fame due to their unique architecture and holy entities. Their aura is so huge that most rich devotees have donated sacks of silver, gold and diamonds to the trust of these temples. Here are the famous and rich temples in India that earn Crores of rupees of donations every year.
Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple aka Tirupati Balaji temple is located at Tirumala hill town in Chittoor Dist of Andhra Pradesh. According to the reports, Tirupati ranks second when it comes to have huge assets. Up to 60000 devotees flock here. Lord Venkateshwara, the presiding deity is loaded with 1000 kgs of gold. By selling Laddus, the temple earns up to $11 million every year and receives estimated donation of up to 650 Cr per year.
Despite the religion, Indians are familiar with the miracles of Sai Baba. This is why the donation has led the shrine to become India’s third richest temple. People of all religions donate silver and gold jewelry here. It receives up to 360 Cr rupees of annual donation.
Located at Katra district of Jammu, Vaishno Devi temple is frequented by millions of people worldwide. It earns up to 500 Cr. Annually. Up to 8 million pilgrims flock here and it is the second most frequented Indian temples after Balaji.
Up to 25000 to 200,000 devotees visit this temple on daily basis. Hence, it earns up to Rs. 48 Cr to Rs. 125 Cr every year and the dome over the temple is covered with 3.7 kg of gold. It has 200 years old black stoned idol of Ganpati ji.
Harmandir Sahib is the holiest religious hub of Sikh Community which is known for rich architecture and dazzling silver and golden detailing. The canopy is entirely made of gold and it has the perfect blend of Indo-European and Indo-Islamic touch.
As of 2010, Lord Jagannath temple deposited up to Rs. 150 Cr. On daily basis, up to 30000 devotees visit here and the number rise to 70000 per day if it is festive season.
Despite being demolished and looted several times, Kashi Vishwanath temple is still one of the most popular religious destinations. Up to 200,000 foreign and 3 million Indian tourists visit here. It earns up to Rs. 4 to 5 Cr of donation every year.
It is yet another temple which had been knocked down and looted by invaders up to 17 times due to its silver and gold repository. But it still has enough assets to become one of the richest Indian temples. It has huge religious importance, architectural design and presence on ancient engineering.
Despite the challenges and rough paths, devotees visit the temple once in a lifetime. Millions of pilgrims visit here every year when Yatra starts.
The Lord Swaminarayan’s idol is made of gold and the Gurus are capped in leaf. It is rated the Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple in the World by the Guinness Book of World Records.