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About the Rajagopuram
(Granite Temple) Project

Over the past 40 years, the Sri Rajarajeswari Peetam (Sri Vidya Temple) has evolved into an important center for the worship of the Divine Mother Rajarajeswari, attracting thousands of visitors each year from around the world.

With the grace of our Guru and Guru lineage, we are actively pursuing the next phase in the Temple’s development, the “Rajagopuram Project,” which entails the construction of a unique new temple in granite for Sri Vidya Lokamata Rajarajeswari Devi complete with traditional Rajagopuram. To learn more, download our new granite temple brochure.

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“Whatever we offer, it may be a brick, but as long as that brick is there in that temple, we will spend that much time (thousands of years) in Kailash or Vaikuntham.”

Mahaperiyava Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya Chandrasekharendra Saraswati

Building such a divine Temple for Sri Rajarajeswari will be a great service to humanity for generations to come, and anyone who selflessly supports such a project will be blessed by Devi for countless lifetimes.

The Agni Purana proclaims that there is no greater punya than that which comes to us from building a holy Temple for the Supreme Divinity. Even a thought of constructing a Temple is adequate to demolish sins of longstanding nature and grant us the right to reach the Supreme Mother.

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A temple to last a thousand years.

The new Temple will be built according to the Kashyapa Shilpa Shastra. The Agama Shastras describe how to build a traditional Temple, outlining specific dimensions and architectural details, as well as the benefits.

By following these Agamas, we can build a beautiful, powerful and durable Temple that will stand the test of time. Even more divine energy will be attracted into the Temple, maximizing the power of the auspicious blessings that radiate to all. The rishis of ancient India have bestowed this sacred science of Temple construction on humanity, for the sake of world peace and universal spiritual upliftment.

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Here are some ways you can get involved

Make a One-time Donation
Sponsor a Divine Brick
Sponsor a Divine Sq. Ft
Setup a Monthly Donation
Pledge your Support

No donation is too large or too small, and every contribution helps.

For such an undertaking, we will need everyone’s dedication, ideas, love and support. With the loving blessings and compassionate grace of our Divine Mother Sri Rajarajeswari, we need to actively participate and contribute to make this vision a reality.

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Here are four reasons why you should consider donating now:

1. Approvals in Place

In Dec 2020, the town of Rush officially approved the master plan for the proposed new temple.  Construction approvals (building permit) for Phase I (Ganapati temple) are expected in Jan-Feb 2021.

2. Already underway

The carving of the Ganapati sannidhi & vigraham for Phase I of temple construction is currently underway in Tamil Nadu. Excavation & foundation work at project site is slated to start in 2021.

3. Historic & Unique

Sri Vidya Temple is not only the oldest temple in North America dedicated to Rajarajeswari Devi and Sri Vidya, it is the only “teaching temple” of its kind that promotes inclusivity, youth involvement & intellectual understanding of Sanatana Dharma. You can help preserve and promote this vision for generations to come.

4. Mother's Grace

The Agni Purana declares that the there is no greater punya that contributing to temple construction. Lalita or Sundari is the only deity that grants bhoga (worldly desires) as well as moksha (final liberation).  You can be part of building a permanent home for the Mother of all creation.

100% of your donations go towards the construction of the new temple. SVTS covers its operational costs through other donations.
All donations are tax-deductible in the US to the extent allowed by law.

Interested in learning more about the Rajagopuram project? Click below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The new temple will be constructed on existing temple land, in between East River Road and the current temple, adjoining the current parking lot. It will be connected to the current temple and other structure via covered corridors.

When fully built, the new temple will extend over 25000 sq ft and will have a large multi-purpose basement. The temple complex will include various other amenities for visitors and devotees. The temple will feature exquisitely shrines (sannidhis), pillars and idols carved and shipped from South India. The total cost of construction is estimated at USD 15M.  As of Dec 2020,  USD 2.5M has been raised in the form of donations and pledges.

100% of your donations go towards construction of the new temple. SVTS covers its administrative and operational costs through other (non granite temple related) donations.

SVTS does not share, sell or exchange our donors private information with anyone. Information about donors and donations is only accessible to a small number of administrative, finance and fundraising committee members.  SVTS may, in the future, publish the names of donors online with their explicit permission.

All donations are tax-deductible. SVTS is a registered US 501(c)3 with the IRS, Tax ID #16-1489956. Your donations are deductible in the US to the fullest extent allowed by law.

There are multiple ways of contributing based on your financial means, no donation is too big or too small. These include pledges, monthly donations, ad hoc one-time donations, and divine brick and square foot sponsorships.  Find out more at our granite temple donations page.

Apart from supporting the project financially, you can help by spreading awareness in your family and social media circles about the Devi in Rochester, and the uniquely inclusive “teaching temple” vision of SVTS, as captured in this short video. You can talk about the importance of the granite temple project for preserving and promoting this unique legacy and mission for generations to come.

You can also help by volunteering your time and talents for content creation, publicity and fundraising. If interested, please contact us at [email protected]