India · Travel Trivia

Richest Hindu Temple of the World

Number of temples in India is still a riddle and nobody bothered to count them, because they are innumerable. However India is home many of the richest temples in the world and Padmanabhaswamy Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India is considered as the richest Temple of the world. This temple is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is believed that the Lord Vishnu’s idol was found in this place where Lord Vishnu can be seen in a state of sleep on Sheshnaag. The idol of this temple is made up of 12008 salagramams that compose the reclining Lord. It has become as one of the richest temples in India with more than 1 lakh crore rupees of worth treasures. It is by far considered as the wealthiest place of worship of any kind, in the recorded history of the world.

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Padmanabhaswamy Temple

According to Guinness World Records, this temple replaced the Tirupati Temple (also in India) as the richest Hindu temple in the world in 2011. This was due to the discovery of secret cellars at the temple which contained Six vaults piled with gold, jewels and precious stones. There were sacks of diamonds and tonnes of gold coins and jewelry that were lying untouched for hundreds of years. The temple has 6 vaults labelled from A to F. While vaults A and B have been unopened over the past many years the vaults C to F have been opened from time to time. The total value of all the treasure found in the temple is estimated around ($22 Billion). The supreme court of India has appointed a committee consisting of experts to determine the actual value of the treasure. However taking into account the antiqueness of the items in question, the actual value is expected to be more than the $22 Billion.

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