Category: Spirituality

Over 1,300 Devotees Participate in Brick Sponsorship, Raise About $65,000 for New Sai Temple

GROTON, MA—Groton’s Sai Temple, which will become the largest Sai temple in North America upon its completion, raised over $65,000 through its innovative “sponsor a masonry block” program. Temple officials said about 1,300 devotees, volunteers, and community activists participated in the 12-week program.

The sponsorship of a masonry block costs $51 each. Devotees or temple supporters can sponsor any number of bricks or masonry blocks. During the program, supporters either donated online or visited the temple to sign their names on the masonry block.

The masonry sponsorship program ends this week, but devotees can still donate under this or other programs. For more information, visit: www.NESSP.org or click here.

The new Sai temple is a giant construction project in Massachusetts, with exterior walls and framing nearly complete. Volunteers of New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP that is building the temple, are planning to have a grand opening in July 2017.

The two-story, 40,000-square-foot temple is being built on a 28-acre site. 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 in July 2017. NESSP acquired the land for $1.14 million and plans to spend an additional $10 million to build the new complex. As of now, the temple has raised over $7.5 million.

Construction of North America’s Largest Sai Temple at Full Swing, Grand Opening in July

GROTON, MA—A giant construction project in Massachusetts, the upcoming Sai Temple in Groton  is moving along well and on schedule. With exterior walls and framing nearly complete, it will become North America’s largest Sai temple. Volunteers of New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP, are planning to have a grand opening in July 2017.

Even the founders and volunteers of the upcoming two-story, 40,000-square-foot temple are stunned with the progress made on the giant structure being built on 28 acres of land so far.

B. D. Nayak
B. D. Nayak

“Even we cannot believe the progress we have made. We are very thankful and grateful to our supporters and volunteers who have worked tirelessly on this project ,” says NESSP President Mahender Singh.

Project architect B. D. Nayak of Braintree, MA-based B.D. Nayak Architects & Planners Inc., says the location of the temple is perfect.

“The most important for a temple is to be on a higher ground and people should be walking up there,” said Nayak, who has designed six temples in New England. “This site is on high ground. Also, from a Vastu point of view, all the statues of Gods and Goddesses will have a perfect location.”

sai-1Of all the temples Nayak has designed, Groton’s sprawling Sai temple is the largest.

“In addition to 40,000 square feet in two stories, there is a space for an auditorium and as well as for quarters for priests,” Nayak said.

It all began in 2006 when 10 like-minded Massachusetts families got together and formed New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar, a non-profit organization for the growing Shirdi Sai Baba devotees in New England.

“Our mission was very clear to promote the philosophy of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba and to support religious, spiritual, cultural and charitable activities in New England,” said Singh, adding that initially the group rented a tiny place for temple purposes and later expanded to a 7,200-square-foot rented facility.

When they outgrew this space, the devotees decided to take a giant step to build their own facility that could fulfill not only their spiritual needs but also serve as a community center and be open to people of all faiths and communities.

“We have grown from 10 families to 1,500 families now,” said Singh. “We did not have any experience in building a temple. All we did was believed in the philosophy and teachings of Baba and worked hard to start this project.”

NESSP 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 in July 2017. NESSP acquired the land for $1.14 million and plans to spend an additional $10 million to build the new complex. As of now, the temple has already raised over $7.5 million.

nessp-temple-exteriorOrganizers say the temple has been receiving donations from across North America and from states like North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, California, and Atlanta in addition to being supported by devotees from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

When fully completed, the two-story temple will be largest Sai Temple in North America. The sprawling 28-acre campus is located in two neighboring towns of Groton and Littleton in Massachusetts.  Four acres of the land is located in Littleton.

Reading, MA-based NM Construction Corp. is the general contractor.

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.

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With donations pouring in from across the country, Groton’s Sai Temple construction marching forward

GROTON, MA—With donations pouring in from across the United States, the construction of the country’s largest Sai Temple in Groton, MA, is marching forward, according to temple officials.

“With the Grace of Shri Sai and the support of devotees has made the impossible possible,” temple officials said in a statement. “The establishment of the Mission Center and Sai temple is a reality now. The construction is in full swing and is progressing as planned.”

NESSP-Temple-Rendering-sThe temple is being built by New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP. They broke ground for the temple in August last year. When fully completed, the two-story, 40,000-square-foot temple will be largest Sai Temple in North America.

NESSP 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. The temple acquired the land for $1.14 million and will spend an additional $10 million to build the new complex. As of May this year, the temple had already raised $7.5 million.

sai-construction progress“NESSP is pleased to share that it has been receiving funds across North America,” the temple statement said. “Although the mission center is based in Massachusetts, the overwhelming support is there from states like North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, California, Atlanta in addition to being supported by devotees from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut.”

With $7.5 Million Raised for North America’s Largest Sai Temple, Volunteers Talk About the Project

GROTON, MA—With $7.5 million raised to build North America’s largest Sai Temple in Groton, MA, temple volunteers are now getting ready for a grand opening in December and planning next steps.

INDIA New England News sat down for a round table discussion on the project with temple’s four key volunteers: Mahender Singh, Sandeep Kaushik, Ramakanth Challa and Srinivas Jigde. To view the interview, please click here.

The temple is being built by New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP. They broke ground for the temple last August.

When fully completed, the two-story, 40,000-square-foot temple will be largest Sai Temple in North America. The sprawling 28-acre campus is located in two neighboring towns of Groton and Littleton. Four acres of the land is located in Littleton. The venue GPS location is 719 Great Road, Littleton, MA. Temple is actually being constructed in Groton. Reading, MA-based NM Construction Corp. is the general contractor. The project architect is Braintree, MA-based BD Nayak Architects.

NESSP-Temple-Rendering-sThe 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 an 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 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 in 2016. The temple acquired the land for $1.14 million and will spend an additional $10 million to build the new complex.