Top 10 Richest Temples in India

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Richest Temples in India

India is a cultural heritage place with ancient sculptures and high diversity. The ancient temples and sculpture buildings are one of the top tourist interactions in India. There are approximately 500,000 temples in different states of India. These temples welcome lakhs of tourists throughout the year. Not just Indian people but foreigners have immense faith and trust in ancient temples. 

Most devotees and travelers visit these temples for spiritual expectations and religious values. The temples are not only rich in culture but also wealthier. The net worth of these temples is in the millions and billions. Here are the top 10 richest temples in India that are beautifully designed and have immense wealth. Let's dive in to know.

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Top 10 Richest Temples in India

Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Siddhivinayak Temple Mumbai, Maharashtra
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Shirdi, Maharashtra
Golden Temple Amritsar, Punjab
Meenakshi Temple Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Guruvayur Temple Guruvayur, Kerala
Somnath Temple Veraval (Somnath), Gujarat
Vaishno Devi Temple Katra, Jammu & Kashmir
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple Noida Mor, New Delhi

 

Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple - 1st Richest Temple in India

This temple was built in the 8th century in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh. People and several kings have worshiped the Lord Srinivasa, Venkateswara, and Balaji. The temple has been designed in Dravidian architecture and has three entrances. According to Indian mythology, Vishnu's appearance is to save mankind. The temple has around 8 feet tall statue of Lord Venkateswara inside the gold-plated dome. 

Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple

The eyes of the Lord were covered with tilak and camphor. Moreover, the entire statue has been covered worth precious stones. This temple is among the richest architecture and receives around three million pilgrims annually. It has a wealth of $13.6 billion and makes approximately $0.75 million daily. This is just an estimated value and might change after a year.

Location Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Address S Mada St, Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517504
Built-In 300 AD
Nearest Airport Tirupati International Airport
Architectural Styles Dravidian
Temple Timing 05:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Deity Venkateswara (Vishnu)
Festivals Brahmotsavam, Ratha Saptami, Vaikunta Ekadasi

Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala - 2nd Richest Temple in India

The temple is located in Kerala (Trivandrum). This is amongst the 108 Hold abodes and is counted in Kerala's top five ancient temples. Padmanabha is the form of Lord Vishnu lying over the Adi Sesha or Serpent Anantha.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

The temple was beautifully designed in the 16th century. Also, the architecture of Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple covers a pillared hall, three sanctums, and an open area. The entire temple is designed with a fusion of Malayalatamilan and Chera styles.

The temple also has exceptional artwork and stone carvings on the walls. This is also amongst the top richest temples in India, having an estimated worth of USD 20 billion. There is a myth or belief if the vault of temple assets has been opened completely, it can solve the wealth problem in the world. 

Location: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Built-In: 8th century CE
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Deity: Maha Vishnu
Architectural Styles: The architecture of Kerala, Dravidian architecture
Temple Timings: 03:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Address: West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023
Festivals: Painkuni Utsavam, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Chingam 1st, Thiruvonam, Valiya Ganapathi Homam, Navarathri Pooja, Swargavathil Ekadasi, Sivarathri, Bhadradeepam, Lakshadeepam, Sree Rama Navami, Murajapam

Siddhivinayak Temple, Maharashtra

Siddhivinayak temple has a religious belief all over India. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Ganesha and was built by Balasaheb Sawant. The temple has been designed with spires, marble, and gold-painted domes. 

The temple has a beautiful mandapa, a shrine, wooden doors, and decorated pillars inscribed with the Ashtavinayak image. The temple roof has been designed with gold. It has colorful domes that light up different colors. The statue of Lord Shri Ganesha is situated under the mesmerizing dome.

siddhivinayak temple

The temple secures third place in the list of the richest temple in India. It receives huge donations from pilgrims, and the supreme deity of Siddhivinayaka mandir is made with 4 kg of pure gold. The estimated worth of this temple is around 125 crore. However, the net worth might increase.

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Address: West Nada, Fort, East Fort, Pazhavangadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695023
Built-In: 8th century CE
Nearest Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
Architectural Styles: Dravidian
Deity Lord Ganesha
Built By: Laxman Vithu and Dubai Patil
Temple Timings: Wednesday to Monday: 5:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Festivals: Ganesha Chaturthi

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Shirdi

The temple is located in Shirdi, and this is famous for Saint Sai Baba. He is a divine spiritual soul, also known as a fakir. The temple is known as the place of Samadhi of Sai Baba. He teaches people about faith, selfless love, charity, inner peace, contentment, and devotion toward god. 

The temple draws the attention of millions of devotes every year. The prime attraction of this place is Shirdi Sai Baba temple, where people pray for their well beings and wishes to come true. Moreover, the throne of the Sai Baba is made with approximately 94 kg of gold. 

shirdi-sai-baba-temple

Every year, it receives lakhs of donations from pilgrims who visit this richest temple in India. This temple has a high religious value among Hindus. The temple has a total asset of around 320 crores. Near around 25,000 people visit this temple every year from across the world.

Location: Shirdi, Maharashtra, India
Address: Shirdi, Maharashtra 423109
Built-In: 1952
Architectural Styles: Hindu Architecture
Nearest Airport: Aurangabad Airport
Deity: Sai Baba
Temple Timings: 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Festivals: Guru Purnima, Ramnavami, and Vijayadashami

Golden Temple, Amritsar

Golden Temple is also famous by the name Harminder Sahib and was built in 1574. The temple is famous for being the most visited temple in India. The golden temple also shows the unique sikh culture. It has been designed with iconic architectural design. Moreover, for Sikhs, this temple is amongst the holiest places worldwide. Guru Granth Sahib is the holy book housed in this Golden temple. 

golden temple amritsar

The temple represents the strength, faith, and immense power of Sikhism. Every year around 32 million people visit this place. This has earned around 200 crores of estimated net worth. The dome of the gold has been plated with 500 Kg 24 karat pure gold. This is why it is considered the richest temple in India. 

Location: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Address: Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006
Founder: Guru Ram Das, Guru Arjan
Deity: Adi Granth
Built-In: 1589
Architectural Styles: Indo-Islamic Mughal and Hindu Rajput Architecture
Nearest Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport
Temple Timings: 24 Hours
Festivals: Baisakhi, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Diwali, etc.

Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu

This ancient Hindu temple is near the Vaigai River bank in Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. This was built around 1600 years ago and glorified with mesmerizing architectural components. 

meenakshi temple

The entire temple has been covered with intricate carvings, and its significant beauty draws the visitors' attention. Meenakshi temple is often named Golden Temple since the spire is made with pure gold. This ranks amongst the top riches temples of India. Besides this, the temple has two bigger golden domes that add spellbound beauty. 

Location: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Address: Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625001
Built-In: 1190–1216 CE
Architectural Styles: Dravidian
Built By: King Kulasekara Pandya
Deity: Meenakshi (Parvati), Sundareswarar/Chokkanathar (Shiva)
Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport
Temple Timings: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (every day)
Festivals: Chithirai Thiruvizha, Cradle Festival, Meenakshi Tirukkalyaanam, Navaratri, Aavanimoolam, Alagar’s river plunge

Guruvayur Temple, Kerala

This temple is of Lord Krishna and is situated in Kerala. This is an extremely precious place for the Hindu devotes who follow Krishna. The temple is also among the 108 best holy sites related to the Divya Desams or Vishnu. 

Krishna here is also known as Bhuloka Vaikunta. This means the Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth. The deity here in this temple has four armed Bhagavathy along with Shesha on the chest. Besides this, the temple has other shrines, such as Satyabhama and Rukmini. 

guruvayur temple

Until the 14th century, the temple's architecture has a mixture of South Indian and North Indian styles, such as Dravidian (South Indian) and Nagara (North Indian).  The temple has a net worth estimated at around 2500 crores and gold assets of approximately 110 crores. This is why it is considered one of the top richest temples in India. 

Location: Guruvayur, Kerala, India
Address: Guruvayur Devaswom, East Nada, Guruvayur, Kerala 680101
Deity: Guruvayurappan(Lord Vishnu with four arms at the time of Krishna avatar)
Built-In: 14th Century
Architectural Styles: Architecture of Kerala
Nearest Airport: Kochi International Airport
Temple Timings: 3:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 4:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Festivals: Janmashtami, Guruvayur Ekadasi, Kumbham Utsavam

Somnath Temple, Gujarat

The Somnath temple is situated on the coast of the eastern Indian subcontinent. This temple belongs to Lord Shiva, the god of the moon. Natural disasters and foreign invaders have destroyed the temple several times.

The current architecture is carved with marble pillars, carved sandstone, and a sanctum sanctorium. Ahilyahbai Holkar built this. It is also known as the unusually designed temple and is declared the monument of national pride.

somnath temple

Above this, the Somnath temple also has a huge collection of precious items. This is why it secures its place in India's list of best richest temples. The estimated value of temple assets is around 90,000 million rupees. Moreover, the temple also has a huge collection of hold idols, gold, antique silver, diamonds, emeralds, and brass items. 

Location: Veraval (Somnath), Gujarat, India
Address: Somnath Mandir Rd, Veraval, Gujarat 362268
Built-In: 1951
Architectural Styles: Māru-Gurjara
Deity: Shiva
Nearest Airport: Diu Airport
Temple Timings: 7:30 AM – 11 AM, 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Festivals: Maha Shivaratri

Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu

The temple has immense value to devotees and is situated on Trikuta mountain above 5100 feet in Jammu and Kashmir. Every year around 10 million visitors visit this temple. The temple is dedicated to Durga and Maha Kali, the goddess of power. According to the Mythology of Hinduism, Maa Vaishnavi was from the combination of maa laxmi, Parvati, and Saraswati energy. 

vaishno devi

Moreover, it is also believed that Goddess Sati's ankle bone inscribe on this place. Maharaja Gulab Singh built this temple in 1846. The temples receive around 500 crores annually through a donation from devotees. The net worth includes Rs 2000 crores of cash, 4700 Kg silver, and 1800 Kg of gold within the last two decades.

Location: Katra, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Address: Bhavan, Katra, Jammu, and Kashmir 182301
Deity: Goddess Vaishno Devi 
Built-In: 1846
Built By: Maharaja Gulab Singh
Architectural Styles: Cave Temple
Nearest Airport: Jammu Airport
Temple Timings: 24 Hours
Festivals: Navratri, Mahashivratri

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi

This is one of the largest and richest temples in India. The temple features a traditional cultural museum covering rich Indian history and Hindu mythology. The entire complex covers the temple and different community buildings. Besides this, a carved monumental statue group also shows key events regarding Indian mythology. 

swaminarayan akshardham temple delhi

Swaminarayan Akshardham temple was designed with a 3D structure and had the best architecture in the world aesthetically. This temple was completed in 2005 by a sadhu named Swami Maharaja. The total cost of building this masterpiece temple was $150 million. More than 1500 artisans and volunteers have constructed this temple. 

The statue of Swaminarayan was built with gold worth around Rs 500 crores, making it stand in the list of India's richest temples. Gold ornaments, antique jewelry, diamonds, and emeralds have been included in the crown of Lord Swaminarayan. 

Location: Noida Mor, New Delhi, India
Address: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092
Built-In: November 2005
Built By: Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Architectural Styles: Nagara Style
Deity: Swaminarayan, Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, Sita-Rama, Lakshmi-Narayana
Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Temple Timings: 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM 
Festivals: All Hindu Religious Festivals

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