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7 Rich and Famous Temples in India

India is known for its rich culture and traditions. We have numerous temples in the country but there are some of them which stand out due to various reasons. The most famous temples are also top tourist destination thus making them the wealthier temples as well. Let us take a look at seven richest temples in the country by money.

1.Harmandir Sahib - Amritsar

Harmandir Sahib is a Sikh Gurudwara also called Sri Darbar Sahib or The Golden Temple located is located at Amritsar. It is the holiest pilgrim centre of the Sikh community. The Gurudwara is considered as an architectural wonder which showcases a magnificent blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. There are four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, which symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions.

Over 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship, and also partake in the free community kitchen and meal. The temple has Gold plating on the Harmandir Sahib, inside it has Inlay work in silver and gold, palanquin that bears Adi Granth is set with precious stones and has silver poles and a gold canopy and trust pays 40,000 for food for visitors per day.

2.Vaishno Devi Temple - Jammu

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus which is located on Trikuta, a three-peaked mountain that is around 12 km from the base of the mountain. It is a cave temple, dedicated to Goddess Shakti in the form of three natural rock formations, called the 'Pindis' that represent the three goddesses, Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati.

It is believed that the temple is nearly a million year old. The holy cave of Vaishno Devi is 98 ft long and has symbols of various Gods and Goddesses of Hindu mythology. More than 10 million pilgrims visit this holy shrine every year. The temple has Daily Income of 40 crore and Annual income of 500 crore.

3.Meenakshi Temple - Madurai

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the temple city of Madurai. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2,500-year-old city of Madurai. The temple complex extends over an area of 6 hectares and dates back to 2500 AD. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and has 12 gateways which are 45 to 50 meters in height.

The temple attracts 15,000 visitors a day, around 25,000 on Fridays and receives annual revenue of sixty million. The annual 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival celebrated during April and May attracts 1 million visitors.

4.Sree Padmanabha Temple - Kerala

Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the prime attraction of Thiruvananthapuram City. Situated in one of the seven Parasurama Kshetras, Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is considered among 108 Divya Deshams or the holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. The idol of the presiding deity of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is seen in a reclining posture (Anananthasayanam), which symbolizes the eternal sleep of Yoga Nidra.

The temple is built in an intricate fusion of the indigenous Kerala style and the Dravidian style of architecture. It is the richest Hindu temple in the world and in terms of assets gold and precious stones; it is by far the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world. The temple's treasure is said to be worth approx 1 lakh crore.

5.Saibaba Temple - Shirdi

Shirdi is known for the great saint Shirdi Sai Baba and is situated in the Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. Through Shirdi Sai Baba, Shirdi has earned a significant place among the pilgrimage destinations of India. The name 'Shirdi' is interconnected with the life of Shirdi Sai Baba.

Shirdi Sai Baba visited Shirdi when he was sixteen years old and stayed there until his death in 1918. Sai Baba is worshipped by people around the world. He had no love for perishable things and his sole concern was self-realization. The temple gets donations of approx 350 crore every year. It also has Ornaments and jewellery worth 32 crore and Investments worth 427 crore.

6.Siddhivinayak - Mumbai

Siddhivinayak Temple is situated at Prabhadevi and dedicated to the Lord Ganesha. It is rated among the richest temples in the country and devotees have to wait for their turn for hours. The temple has a small mandap with the shrine for Siddhi Vinayak. The wooden doors to the sanctum are carved with images of the Ashtavinayak.

The inner roof of the sanctum is plated with gold, and the central statue is of Ganesha. In the periphery, there is a Hanuman temple as well. The Siddhi Vinayak Trust Income was approx 48 crore in 2011-2012 and the temple has Fixed Deposits of 125 crore.

7.Venkateswara Temple - Tirupati

Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple is a landmark vaishnavite temple situated in the hill town of Tirumala at Tirupati of Andhra Pradesh. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared here to save mankind from trials and troubles of Kali Yuga. The Temple is constructed in Dravidian architecture.

It is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations received and wealth, and the most-visited place of worship in the world. The temple is visited by about 50,000 to 100,000 pilgrims daily. While on special occasions and festivals the number of pilgrims shoots up to 500,000 making it the most-visited holy place in the world.

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