I pray to the world’s richest God to sprinkle some richness in my lap too! An Indian God is weighed down, not only with the prayers and requests of the millions of followers, but also with more than 11,000 kg of gold, ornaments and other precious jewels. On any given day, the 8ft main idol of Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala is decked up with at least 60-70 kg of gold ornaments. Just a single crown weighs about 30 kg. The temple, also known as Tirupati Venkateswara Temple, is the richest and the most visited place of worship of Hindus in the world. Just last month, the reigning deity in Tirupati was offered a new and the most expensive gold crown studded with precious diamonds. The crown, made of 32 kilograms of pure gold and 70,000 diamonds was offered by the state’s minister for tourism and a well known industrialist. The crown cost $9 million, making it the biggest offering to the Tirumala temple. What makes the 2.5 feet long crown even more precious and valuable is the big emerald studded at its forehead. The 890 carat emerald was imported from Africa and has cost almost half a million dollars ($400,000) to the donor.
It is also known that the sanctum-sanctorum of the world’s richest God, is set to be gold-plated at a cost of $10 million. Estimated to be complete by next June, about195 kg of pure gold will be required to cover the 10,000 feet sanctum-sanctorum.