Revenues of Religions

Thursday, September 24, 2015
The purpose of this article is to bring to the world's attention, the true cost paid by people for religion. As an indicator, I am pointing out the revenues made by the head institutions for the three major religions of the world.

Islam - Haj pilgrimage - $8.5 billion per year

Mecca in Saudi Arabia

The revenues per year that Saudi Arabia makes from the nearly 2.5millions that visit Haj for pilgrimage every year:

2014 - $8.5 billion (expected)
Expenses for pilgrims include housing, food and drink, gifts and phone bills
Avg Revenue from international pilgrim: $4633
Avg Revenue from domestic pilgrim:  #1319

2012 - $16.5 billion

One normally can expect some level of infrastructure to make sure that the pilgrims are accommodated safely, given the total income that they bring in for host countries. However, 118 people were killed last month in a crane collapse at Hajj, and today 200 (and counting) are dead in a deadly stampede.

Christianity - Vatican pilgrims - $308 million per year

Vatican City, Credit: Getty Images
Vatican city's income is generated solely from the sale of stamps, coins, medals, and tourist mementos; by fees for admission to museums; and by publication sales.

Hinduism - Tirupati pilgrims - $342 million per year

Tirupati in India

This number is just the donations that are made by the visitors at the Tirupati temple. There are no published figures from the total revenue made from the visitors to Tirupati temple.

Tirupati has its share of stampedes over the years: 2015, 20122010

Author note: This report is far from a complete analysis. This is just an introduction. Can do more research based on the reception of this report and feedback.