CHELMSFORD, MA (April 4, 2017)– 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 completion 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, ayengetrams and other community and cultural events. The temple complex will provide a great venue for poojas, learning and weddings where havans in open can be held 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 Braintree, MA-based BD Nayak Architects. Both have extensive experience in building religious institutions in New England.
Founded in 2006, New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar (NESSP) is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to promote the philosophy of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba and to accordingly support religious, spiritual, cultural and charitable activities. NESSP was formed by devotees who share their love for Shri Shirdi Sai Baba and are inspired by His teachings. For more information, visit www.NESSP.org.