Site Work Progress After mobilizing on-site and installing the NYS-required elements, the contractor has stripped the entire site of topsoil, cut and filled the building pad to -18”, constructed to sub-grade the new driveway, and is approximately 75% complete on the storm basin construction. No construction has been completed on the perimeter drainage or storm drainage system. All utilities to the existing house have been disconnected and the house needs to be emptied to ready for demolition. The existing lights and poles have been removed in preparation for relocation and we are preparing an estimate for that work. [...]
Site Preparation Bid Awarded We have received bids for the site work. The contract was awarded to Sickles Corporation site preparation started on June 5, 2021. The site preparation work entails leveling the Rajagopuram - Granite Temple Site and creating water channels for the runoff water. Temporary ponds will be dug in the surrounding area to create catches. We have also put out a tender to receive bids for the next phase of the construction, the foundation work. To save money in the long term and have more functional space in the larger temple basement, the Rajagopuram construction [...]
Vanaspati Shanti Puja and Tree Removal As previously announced, our project team has been busy getting the site prepared for construction. The first step unfortunately entailed the removal of 32 trees at the project site. This was completed on May 24th. The previous day (May 23rd), puja was offered to Vanadurga Devi, the goddess of forests. Panchopachara Shanthi puja was offered to each tree to thank them for their role in this project on May 23rd. We plan to plant four fruit trees to make up for every tree that we have lost. [...]
Sri Vidya Temple Open House We are pleased to announce that an open house for the Sri Vidya Temple and Granite Temple Project will be held on Saturday, June 5th, 2021 (11am-4pm EDT). Please join us to learn details about the Temple and plans for the new structure. Tours of the existing and proposed buildings will be held by volunteers We kindly request anyone interested in attending to RSVP on the webform. All Covid-19 guidelines will be followed, for everyone's safety. RSVP HERE
Sahasranama Laksha Kumkumarchana & Mahalakshmi Homa to bless the ground On the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, Friday, May 14th, 2021 Lalita Sahasranama Laksha Kumkumarchana, and Mahalakshmi Homa were performed to bless the ground where the new Temple will be built. Devotees who could not attend in person had the opportunity to participate online throughout the day.
Groundbreaking ceremony and project information 2021 has been a momentous year for the Rajagopuram Project, with the long-awaited groundbreaking finally taking place on April 14th, 2021. A new, edited video of the event with additional content about the project is now available on our youtube channel.
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 [...]
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 [...]