Hyderabad: Instead of aiming to do an MBA from a prestigious college, turn to the gods if you want to learn a thing or two on becoming a rich businessman. The markets might be getting affected with the whole Egypt crisis and all, but the gods in Andhra Pradesh are becoming richer by the day as there is a meteoric three-fold rise in their incomes in the past one decade, some recording unimaginable level.
Incomes of a dozen temples (excluding Tirumala) have touched a whopping Rs. 300 crore now compared to Rs.91.75 crore a decade ago. No other institution, including industry has recorded such a manifold rise in income compared to some of the major temples across the state, leave aside the world’s richest Sri Venkateshwara Temple at Tirumala, whose average annual income is now around Rs.2,000 crore.
Undying faith and the want to see miracles, have made people to contribute to their favorite temples’ profits. While the incomes have doubled in some temples, in some cases profits have even risen three times to 10 times and more.
Natural calamities, agitation or recession, have not affected temple income in any given year. People turn to God no matter what their situation or how tight the budget is. When it comes to commanding loyalty, no one seems to do it better than your favorite deity. Take for instance Sri Varasiddi Vinayaka Swamy Temple, Kanipakam. The temple’s income recorded Rs. 26 crore compared to Rs. 3.5 crore a decade ago — an eight fold increase. Similarly, revenues of Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Visakhapatnam, rose from Rs. 12 crore to Rs. 46 crore now. Sri Brahmarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy Deva-sthanam, Srisailam, is now rocking with Rs. 67-crore income compared to Rs. 24 crore 10 year ago.
The income of the Ganesh Temple in Secunderabad too, rose from Rs. 75 lakh to Rs. 1.5 crore.
Even revenues of Sri Gnansaraswathi Temple at Basar has grown from Rs. 2 crore to Rs. 7 crore now.
Following are incomes of some of AP’s major temples in 2000 and in 2011:
* Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Vizag Rs. 12 cr. – Rs. 46 cr.
* Sri Veera Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy Deva-sthanam, Annavaram, East Godavari Rs. 5 cr. – Rs. 22 cr.
* Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Devasthanam, Dwaraka Tiru-mala, West Godavari Rs. 8 cr.- Rs. 29 cr.
* Sri Tirupatamma Amma-vari Temple, Penuganchi-provalu, Krishna district Rs. 1.5 cr.- Rs. 3 cr.
* Sri Kalahasteeswara Swamy Devasthanam, Srikalahasti, Chittoor district.
Rs. 17 cr. – Rs. 37 cr.
* Sri Brahmarambha Mallikarjuna Swamy Deva-sthanam, Srisailam, Kurnool district Rs. 24 cr.- Rs. 67 cr.
* Sri Varasiddhi Vinayanaka Swamy Temple, Kanipakam, Chittoor Rs. 3.5 cr.- Rs. 26 cr.
* Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam, Yadagi-rigutta, Nalgonda. Rs. 5 cr. —Rs. 17 cr.
* Sri Rajarajeswari Swamy Devasthanam, Vemulawada, Karimnagar district. Rs. 7 cr. – Rs. 18 cr.
* Sri Durga Malleshwara Swamy Devasthanam, Vijaya-wada, Krishna Rs. 6 cr. – Rs. 26 cr.