Groundbreaking and Bhumi Puja for the Granite Temple Project We are pleased to announce that the Groundbreaking and Bhumi Puja for Phase 1 of the Granite Temple Project will be held on April 14, 2021 (4-6pm EDT). Please join us as we seek the blessings of Sri Maha Ganapati and Sri Bhumi Mata (Mother Earth) to start the new Temple construction in an auspicious way. Program of Events Date: April 14, 2021 Time: 4 to 6 pm Welcome Sri Ganapati Puja Sri Vastu Puja Sri Bhumi Puja Messages from Special Guests Vote of Thanks Kindly note that [...]
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Learning Series: Sacred Rites and Rituals of Sanatana Dharma A joint presentation of Sri Vidya Temple Society (Rochester, NY, USA) & Ashtanka Yoga Mandir (Sri Lanka). About the Learning Series This 3-month, weekly learning series will explore a variety of topics from Sanatana Dharma. It will entail learning sessions led by Haran Aiya and integrate practical demonstrations by senior disciples from the Sri Vidya Temple. We will conclude each learning session with 15 minutes of yoga. Timings US time: Fridays 8:00 – 9:30 PM ET, between February 12, 2021 – April 30 2021 Sri Lanka/India time: [...]
Easy Ways to Support the Temple While Reaping Tax Benefits If you are based in the US, we'd like to share with you ways of making your gift/payment that may have tax benefits for you. As always, please consult with your financial advisor regarding the tax implications of these opportunities. Appreciated Securities Using appreciated securities to make your donation or pledge payment may provide you with favorable tax benefits: You should receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the shares as of the date of the contribution, and pay no capital [...]
Learn More About Bank Wire Transfers and Stock Donations Our online giving website give.srividya.org provides convenient ways to donate using a credit card or US bank account. However there may be reasons to want to make a donation via other means, for example: Mailed personal or institutional check. If you are making a donation by mailing a personal check to the temple, or via a check from an institution such as a Donor-Advised Fund Overheads associated with credit cards. Credit cards typically cost the temple 3-4% of the donated amount in processing fees, and this can be [...]
2021 Temple Calendar Now Available for Download or Pick-Up This year's Temple Calendar is now available for download or pick-up at the Temple. The theme for this year is "Sri Sakti Ganapati," who will be the new mulavar for the new granite Temple. Download Files 2021 Pocket Calendar (Front) 2021 Pocket Calendar (Back) 2021 Full-Size Calendar with Festival Dates 2021 Panchangam Pages (English) 2021 Panchangam Pages (Tamil)
Granite Temple Master Plan Approved by Town Board In a marathon meeting on Tuesday, Dec 15th, 2020, the Town of Rush Planning Board reviewed our detailed plans for the site, utilities, grading, lighting and landscape, and the environmental impact assessment, and provided their approval. Our thanks to our structural engineer Larry Heininger, PE, PMP of Margues and Associates, our architect Ashok Mungara, and various temple construction committee members who put in many long hours to make this possible. LEARN MORE
$2.5M: New Milestone Reached in Granite Temple Fundraising We are pleased to report that USD 2.5M has now been raised for the new temple! This includes USD 40K from the recent Facebook Giving Tuesday fundraiser as well as USD 1.1M in pledges. This has been possible only with the generous support of our donors, and we are one step closer to our goal of raising USD $15M by 2023. For more information, please visit the Granite Temple page. LEARN MORE
Updated Master Plan Requested by Town Planning Board On Oct 20th, 2020, we presented the updated master plan and Phase I plan to the town planning board. We have been asked to provide additional details of the master plan in order to the board to grant approval of the master plan. Once approved, we will be able to break the construction up into phases per our convenience, as opposed to requesting board approval separately for each phase. We are working on updated master plan drawings to present at the town meeting in December. LEARN MORE [...]
New Drawings of Pillars, Sannidhis and Mula Ganapati Sri Muthiah Sthapathi had shared detailed drawings of the Ganapati Sannidhi, including the Moola Vigraham (Shakti Ganapati), the side elevation, and the design of pillars. LEARN MORE
New Photos of Carving Work at Devakottai, Tamil Nadu Although the Covid-19 pandemic has caused some logistical challenges, we are continuing to discuss details of foundation design and the Ganapati temple construction, together with our Houston-based architect and local structural engineers. Discussions are proceeding via video-conference. As Town of Rush planning meetings have been postponed due to Covid-19, our meeting with the Town Board is temporarily postponed. LEARN MORE