Six Richest Gods
The richest temples: Investigators plan to pry open the final vault hidden
deep under the centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple as police guarded
round the clock the shrine where billions of dollars worth of treasure has
been discovered. Over the last week a seven-member team of investigators
has broken into five of the six secret subterranean vaults piled high with
jewels that have lain untouched for hundreds of years.
Padmanabhaswamy Kshetram :
The temple that houses a sleeping idol of Lord Vishnu is the richest temple
in the world. Treasure worth Rs 100,000 crore was recently found in secret
chambers on temple land. Golden crowns, 17 kg of gold coins, 18 ft long golden
necklace weighing 2.5 kg, gold ropes, sack full of diamonds, thousands of pieces
of antique jewelry, and golden vessels were some of the treasures unearthed during
Tirumalaa Tirupati Venkateshwar :
With an annual income of Rs 650 crore, Tirupati Baalaaji is the second richest deity
in India. The temple has over 3000 kgs of gold deposited in different banks and Rs 1000
crore in fixed deposits. The temple trust receives around Rs 300 crore, 350 kg of gold
and 500 kg of silver as donations every year.
Shree Sai Sansthan Shirdi :
The famous pilgrim centre of Shri Saibaba temple in Shirdi, one of the richest temples
in Maharashtra, has ornaments and jewellery worth over Rs 32 crore and investments
running into Rs. 450 crore according to official documents. The temple trust has gold
worth Rs 24.41 crore, silver worth Rs 3.26 crore, silver coins worth Rs 6.12 lakh,
gold coins worth Rs 1.288 crore and gold pendants worth Rs 1.123 crore. Annual revenue
of the trust is approximately Rs 450 crore.
Maataa Vaishno Devee :
The second most visited temple in the country after Tirupati Baalaaji, Vaishno
Devee has an annual income of Rs 500 crore. Managed by the Shri Mata Vaishno
Devee Shrine Board, popularly called the Shrine Board, the temple has a daily
income of Rs 40 crore.
Siddhivinaayak Mandir :
Situated in the heart of Mumbai, the second richest temple in the state of Maharastra
has an annual income of Rs 46 crore and has Rs 125 crore in fixed deposits. The temple
known for its famous devotees receives around Rs 10-15 crore as donations every year.
As per the financial records of Shree Siddhi Vinaayak Ganapati Temple Trust, the assets
of the temple stood at approximately 140 crore for the year ended March 2009.
Guruvayur Temple :
Run by a nine-member committee under the Kerala Dewaswom Board, the most famous Lord
Krishn temple in South India makes Rs 2.5 crore annually and has approximately Rs 125
crore in fixed deposits. The most sought after Poojaa at the temple, the Udayaasthamana
Poojaa, has a wait list till 2049! The dawn to dusk Poojaa costs Rs 50,000.