India is home to the reportedly most visited place of worship in the world, the Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. About 30,000 people visit this 1200 year old temple every day. It is also considered to be one of the richest with it’s daily collection amounting to approximately $6 million US dollars.
Thousands of believers offer their hair at the temple as gratitude for wishes that have either materialised or they pray to see fulfilled. This practice is called Tonsuring and the act symbolising shedding of one’s ego. The hair is sold by the temple to wigmakers for millions. It is the world’s single largest source of human hair.
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