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After successfully completing the masonary block campaign, NESSP now focuses on construction of Temple’s Kitchen and Dining Hall

GROTON, MA—Groton’s Sai Temple, which successfully completed its masonry block sponsorship program and raised over $65,000, has launched a campaign to raise funds for building its kitchen and dining hall that will provide provide free food (Prasadam)on Thursdays and during festival and special events.

NESSP volunteers

On Thursdays,  about 300 to 600 devotees  are fed prasad cooked by many devoted volunteers in its rented facility in Chelmsford, MA. All the devotees  take the meal as prasad with great satisfaction. Once the new temple ‘s construction completes later this year, this kitchen services will be relocated to the new facility.

Donors and devotees will have an opportunity to contribute towards building the 5,000-square-foot kitchen and dining hall. The construction cost is $65 per square feet.  Recently, 1,300 devotees, volunteers and community activists participated in the 12-week masonry brick campaign and raised over $65,000. For more information, visit: www.NESSP.org .

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 inaugural ceremony 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, 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.

 

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.

With Donations Pouring in From Across the US, Groton Temple Construction Marches Ahead

GROTON, MA—With donations pouring in from across the United States, the construction of the largest Sai Temple in North America in Groton, MA, is marching ahead with full force. The temple, which isbeing built by New England Shirdi Sai Parviaar, known as NESSP, broke ground last August.

Nessp-foundation-ssTemple officials said the foundation is now ready, steel structure work will start in June and the framing of steel structure is scheduled to be completed by September this year. The entire phase one completion of the Temple is slated to ready by end of this year.

“NESSP is pleased to share that in year 2015, we had received good funds from across North America, including a $170,000 donation from and Atlanta-based devotee and a $1.7 Million donation from an anonymous group of donors,” a temple officials said in a statement. “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.”

As of today, the organization is falling short of $500,000 to complete the first phase of temple construction, according to the statement.

“NESSP seeking community donations and generous financial support from all the devotees and donors for reaching the goal and each of your contributions will make a huge difference to it,” the statement said.

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.

The first phase of construction of the temple complex will include 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 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.

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.