India, renowned for its spiritual richness, boasts ancient temples that stand as symbols of religious heritage and prosperity. Among the opulent temples, Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, and Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple in Andhra Pradesh have secured positions as the country's wealthiest.
Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple
Situated atop the Venkata Tirumala Hill, this temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara draws millions of devotees annually, making it the world's richest temple in terms of donations received. The 8-feet tall idol of Lord Venkateshwara, adorned with gemstones, stands beneath the gold-gilded Ananda Nilaya Divya Vimana. With a worth exceeding 900 crores and 52 tonnes of gold ornaments, this temple converts substantial yearly offerings into gold reserve deposits.
Meenakshi Amman Temple
Located in Madurai, this temple devoted to Parvati and Lord Shiva stands as a significant religious and tourist landmark. Attracting 20,000 daily visitors and a million during the Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, the temple collects over 60 crores annually in cash, gold, and diamonds. Home to 33,000 rare sculptures and featuring two golden carts, the temple's net worth stands at approximately INR 6 crores, showcasing a harmonious blend of spirituality and grandeur.
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