NESSP receives overwhelming response from Sai devotees for its GoFundMe campaign

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NESSP acquired the land for $1.14 million.

Shirdi Sai Temple

The New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar (NESSP), which is nearing the completion of North America’s largest Sai temple this summer, has raised $25,235 on its GoFundMe campaign, as of April 19.

The nationwide campaign was announced 4th April 2016 to raise $500,000 and within days it has received an overwhelming response from Sai devotees.

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 and will relocate to the new facility when it is completed this year.

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NESSP acquired the land for $1.14 million and plans to spend an additional $10 million to complete the new complex. As of now, the temple has raised over $7.5 million and currently, aims to raise $500,000 for the completion of Phase 1 and the grand opening.

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. When completed, the new temple will be largest Sai Temple in North America.

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The temple will be open to everyone and people can hold weddings and other community and cultural events. The temple complex will provide a great venue for poojas, learning, and weddings where havens in open can be held and barat (wedding party) can come with horses and full festivities like in India.

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NESSP has brought in Reading, MA-based NM Construction Corp, as a general contractor and the project architect is Braintree, MA-based BD Nayak Architects. Both have extensive experience in building religious institutions in New England.