1. Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai
The Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Mandir is a Hindu temple located in the heart of Mumbai, India and its dedicated to Shri Ganesh and richest temples in the world. The temple is more than 200 years old and it was built Laxman Vithu and Deubai Patil on November 19, 1801. The temple is nearly always crowded (it’s Mumbai!). Celebrities also throng this temple on a fairly regular basis. They do avoid the rush though. Some come really very early in the morning. The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha.
- It’s 158kg gold is guarded by 65 security personnel
- The temple receives approx. US$2.4 million in donation every year!
2. Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram
Padmanabhaswamy temple is located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. This temple holds the Guiness record of being the richest Hindu temple in the world. It is easy to understand how ancient this temple is. Nobody knows for sure when this temple was built or by whom the original idol of Sree Padmanabhaswamy was consecrated. It has six sacred vaults full of wealth beyond measure.
- A Supreme Court team discovered $22 billion worth of gold here
- A very revered temple…
4. Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple
The Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple is also known as the Thiruvengadam. It’s a very well known Vedic temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala, which is quite near Tirupati in Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is the richest temple in the world in terms the amount of its wealth as well as the donations. It is also the most visited place of worship in the world. An astounding number of people (50,000 to 100,000) visit the temple daily. However, on certain occasions like the annual Brahmotsavam, the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000, making it the most-visited holy place in the world.
- The temple has more than 5 tons of Gold deposits.
- Around 30 to 40 million people visit the temple annually.
5. Saibaba Temple, Shirdi
Shirdi is the famous temple of Shri Sai Baba. It’s almost a hundred years old now. It was established in 1922. Shri Saibaba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. Saibaba used to live in a mosque and after he passed his body was cremated in a temple. He was held in great esteem by both the Hindus and the Muslims. The temple is visited by people of different faiths i.e. Hinduism, Islam and Zoroastrianism.
- At the end of FY 2012-13, the trust fixed deposits of Rs 860 crore ($143 million) at nationalised banks, 300 kg gold, 3,000 kg silver.
- Everyday around 25000 people visit.
7. Harmandir Sahib or the Golden temple, Punjab
The Golden Temple is known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib. This holy shrine is located in the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab, India. The present day Golden temple was actually rebuilt in 1764 by Jassa Singh Ahluwalia with the help of other Sikh Misls. The free community kitchen of the temple serves a hundred thousand people everyday. The holy Sikh shrine in Amritsar receives 5,500,000 visitors annually.
- Two hundred thousand rotis (Indian flat bread), 1.5 tonnes of dal (lentil soup) are served everyday.
- The Golden Temple has total revenues of $460 annually.
8. Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir
Vaishno devi is a Hindu deity and is also known as Mata Rani or Mata Vaishnavi. She’s a manifestation of Goddess Durga. A geological study of the Holy Cave has indicated its age to be nearly a million years. The Vaishno Devi shrine is the fifth richest in the country. Between 2008 and 2012, 193.5 kg of yellow metal and 8,163 kg of white metal was offered by devotees.
- According to the shrine board, only 78 per cent of the yellow metal and 30 per cent of the white metal was pure gold and silver.
- Between 2008 and 2012, 193.5 kg of yellow metal and 8,163 kg of white metal was offered by devotees.
10. Somnath Temple, Gujarat
The Somnath temple is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. One fun fact about this temple is that there is no land at all in a straight line between Somnath seashore till Antarctica. The Temple is located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India. The Somnath Temple caters to about Each day about 1,00,000 to 5, 00,000 devotees visit this place.
- Somnath Trust’s land assets are valued Rs 1,639.14 crore ($273 millions).
- It is said that Somnath Temple in Gujarat alone possessed 800 kg of gold.
11. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai
The Meenakshi Temple in the city of temples of Madurai is dedicated to Parvati, known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Shiva, here named Sundareswarar. Its located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River. The temple is home to 33,000 sculptures. While the temple didn’t make it to the “new seven wonders in the world” but it most definitely featured in the top thirty.
- The temple attracts 15,000 visitors day, around 25,000 on Fridays, and receives annual revenue of Rs. 60 million ($1 million).
- The annual 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, celebrated during April and May, attracts 1 million visitors.
13. Jagannath temple, Puri
On the eastern coast of India, at Puri in the state of Odisha is the the Somnath temple. It was built in the twelfth century A.D. The temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath. The temple’s immense collection of gold ornaments, diamonds and other jewelry is probably one of the very best in the world.
- The temple has bank deposits of Rs. 400 crore ($66 millions)
- The temple owns 25,711 acres of land.
14. Kashi Vishwanath temple, Varanasi
It is one of the most venerated of all Hindu temples in the ancient city of Banaras (present day Varanasi). The temple stands on the western bank of the holy river Ganga, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest of Shiva temples. This structure was constructed Maratha monarch, Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore in 1780. Around three thousand people throng the temple everyday. Occasionally a mad rush of a million people may be witnessed here.
- Noteworthy about the temple is 15.5 metre high gold spire and gold dome.
- There are three domes each made up of pure gold. The annual donations to Kashi Vishwanath come to Rs 4-5 crore ($1 million).