Hinduism is the most prevalent religion in India. Being one of the oldest religions it has a significant influence on Indian history and culture. Indian Mythologies are filled with stories of Goddesses and Gods that walked the land eons ago. They played a vital role in shaping the beliefs of man during those time. Today these are the beliefs that have led to the creation of glorious temples across the country. The devotees from all over the world visit these temples and shower offerings of flowers, cash, silver and gold even. The prominent temples of the country are:
The affluence of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba
The miracles of Sai Baba are a thing of legends. The faith that people have in his devotion is uncanny. The stories of Sai Baba’s marvels have made the temple of Shirdi Sai Baba both a place of worship and abundance. The recorded investments in the temple are stated at Rs. 427 crores. The money is parked in various bonds and Trust Corpus Fund. The ornaments in the temple are said to be worth Rs. 32 crore.
The Shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi
It is one of the oldest temple structures situated in the north of India in the scared valleys of Jammu. Scaling to this place of worship is not for the faint hearted as it is an uphill climb of almost 6 hours and during day time the situation is worse. Even so, the Goddess has devotees lined-up for her worship every single day. The annual income of the temple is estimated at Rs. 500 crores.
The Pride of Mumbai- Siddhivinayak Temple
You can only imagine the amount of wealth this temple must be amassing during a year. Lord Ganesha being the scared deity of the Hindu’s especially Maharashtrians this temple holds no bar for the religion of the devotees. On Tuesdays, there is mega rush in the temple. Moreover, during the festival of ‘Ganpati’ the temple is bussing with people and prayers. The annual income is said to range from anywhere between 50 crores to 125 crores. The dome inside the temple where the statue of Lord Siddhivinayak presides is said to be coated with 3.7 kgs of pure gold.
The temple of Padmanabhaswamy
Located in W Nada, East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala this temple is said to hold around $20 Million worth of gold which takes about 6 different vaults to store. 5 out of 6 vaults were opened in 2011 by a team approved by the Apex Court of India. The treasures of the mysterious vault B (6th vault) are said to be guarded by 2 giant cobras and is rumoured to have been opened at least 9 times but no damage to anyone has been reported.
The principle Idol in this shrine of Lord Vishnu is valued at approximately Rs. 500 crore. Further, the temple’s abundant wealth includes Golden crowns, Gold bow, antique gold jewellery studded with different gems.
The Golden Temple of Amritsar
The name itself says it all! One of the holy places for the Sikhs in India, this temple is a sight to behold. Its breath-taking beauty is the reason of its lavish Indo-Islamic design. The temple dome is adorned with gold and silver giving it a majestic appeal. Inside in the Altar lies the holy book Guru Granth Sahib which is a one-of-a-kind scripture that is decorated with scared gems and diamonds.
These temples may give a lavish and glam demeanour to the Indian divinities but all the plush has less meaning when it comes to the knowledge and teachings that these places have to offer, which is sacrosanct. The mental tranquillity that a person receives after basking in the peace of these places can only be experience first-hand.