In India a temples is considered the house of gods, we go on our knees, barefoot and join our hands to ask for a blessing. A mother takes her child there for a spiritual awakening; an old man sits by the steps every evening reminiscing the good old days. They are a beacon of hope for devotees who visit them. But with the modern times man has come to fear them and with each prayer comes an offering that makes the god ‘rich’ and the temple richer than ever.
In this blessed situation the gods have come to ask money as an offering to take away the pain from mankind, simply making them rich and the religious institutions richer. What once used to be a 1 rupee coin that was given willingly as a token of restitution has now beautifully framed into a trust fund. Sometimes it’s for the poor children, women or for the temple restoration or sometimes it’s just in the name of god.
Isn’t this something that we see around us every day, Surties?
When god says himself that money is the root of all problems then why have the temples become owners of such great wealth. Where did it come from and why are they keeping it? You will be shocked to read Surties what we have for you in store-
First on our list is the Padmanabhaswamy Temple, located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, with valuables worth Rs. 1 lakh crore recently discovered from the secret cellars of this temple. Sacks full of gold chains, coins, sheaf, and crowns were unearthed from the treasure. The temple is one of the 108 holy abodes of Vishnu and is known to be the richest Hindu temple in the world.
Padmanabhaswamy Temple Tirupati Balaji Temple
The second is the Tirupati Balaji temple in Andhra Pradesh. The trust that manages the temple money, has recorded a whopping Rs. 900 crore as handi collections last year. The temple has 14,000 permanent employees and has pension funds of Rs 115 crore. Apart from all this, the temple has gold reserves and 52 tonnes of golden ornaments which they have deposited with the Indian Overseas Bank and the State Bank of India and this does not even count the endless hair trade that goes on their leading to another multimillion industry.
The third is supposed to be the most noble of institutions – the Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Nashik has a large following of disciples, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion. The donation box of the deity is never empty and disciples are known to anonymously put diamonds and gold into the donation box coming to a sum of 540 Crores.
Followed by fourth on the list Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu.The temple sees at least 10 million pilgrims every year, which makes it the second biggest crowd-puller after the Tirupati temple. With an annual income of 500 crore, the temple also stores 1.2 tonnes of gold.
Vaishno Devi Temple Siddhi Vinayak Temple
We all have visited the Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Mumbai , sometimes bare feet and sometimes waited in lines to create the richest temple in Mumbai coated with 3.75 kgs of gold. Siddhi Vinayak temple is flocked by over 25 thousand devotees and the number also goes over lakhs on Tuesdays and on Sankashti Chaturthis.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar still admits to an undisclosed fund. The kitchen at the temple feeds up to 100,000 people and the langar is devoured by all the devotees. The figures of the temple fund is not made public, but it’s estimated that it goes over crores!
Meenakshi Temple Sabarimala Temple
The next is Meenakshi Temple in Madurai has an over 60 crores whereas Sabarimala Temple in Kerala has over 15 kgs of gold and its annual income is over Rs 105 crores! The Guruvayurappan Temple in Kerala owns up to 50 crores. The Jagannath Temple, Puri has a potential of 208 kg gold and 25,711 acres of land.
Guruvayurappan Temple Jagannath Temple
It’s an irony that one of the richest temples in India needs an emergency structural intervention today. The temple receives more than 10 kg gold from the devotees as donations. The Lord dons gold jewellery of over 208 kg during the famous Suna Besha ritual. It’s also surprising that 30,000 acres of land is registered under the name of Lord Jagannath, making him the richest landlord!
The Somnath Temple in our very own state Surties carries the wealth of approximately 109 kg gold. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is Gujarat’s first temple to deposit gold to the PM’s Gold Monetisation Scheme. The trust of the temple owns land worth Rs 1639 crore. A leading diamond merchant donated 40 kg of gold to the temple making the shrine’s golden collection 109 kg!
Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi and both lay undisclosed but the temples are known for their riches.
After reading all that I bet some of the faith is shaken, in fact I wonder what would our world be if these were really gods people and that money was really used for good. I am disappointed to end this stating that’s never going to happen.
We can make a difference instead of donating to a temple donate for a child’s education. Help build homes , schools , free hospitals , orphanages and old age homes.
Don’t make them Richer, make your soul richer.
USE THE EDUCATION AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!