New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar, which is nearing the completion of North America’s largest Sai temple this summer, today announced the launch of its final nationwide campaign to raise $500,000.
“We are very excited that we are nearing the completion of this giant project, and we would like to thank our donors from around the country,” said Mahender Singh, president of New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar, known as NESSP. “We have received an overwhelming response from Sai devotees from across North America. Now, we have launched our final fundraising campaign before the com-pletion of the temple this summer.”
The two-story, 40,000-square-foot temple is being built on a 28-acre site in Groton, MA. The temple currently operates out of a 7,200-square-foot rented facility in Chelmsford, MA, and will relocate to the new facility when it is completed this year.
NESSP acquired the land for $1.14 million and is spending an additional $10 million to build the new complex. As of now, the temple has raised over $7.5 million. When completed, the new temple will be largest Sai Temple in North America.
The first phase of construction of the temple complex includes a temple building, a kitchen, a big dining hall and few community rooms. The second phase will include three residential units for priests and a 500-seat auditorium.
The temple will be will be open to everyone and people can hold weddings, ayenget-rams and other community and cultural events. The temple complex will provide a great venue for learning and weddings and barat (wedding party) can come with horses and full festivities like in India.
NESSP has brought in Reading, MA-based NM Construction Corp. as a general contractor. The project architect is Brain-tree, MA-based BD Nayak Architects. Both have extensive experience in building reli-gious institutions in New England.