After almost three years of extensive design, planning and construction, the New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar Temple (NESSP) announced that the world’s largest temple outside India dedicated to late 19th-century Indian spiritual saint Sai Baba of Shirdi will hold its grand opening ceremony on Oct. 9-21, 2018, in Groton, MA. The temple received its occupancy permit on August 9, 2018, allowing Sai Baba devotees across North America and globally to worship at the temple.
Braintree, MA-based architect B.D. Nayak FAIA provided pro bono architectural and construction supervisory services for the design and erection of the 40,000-square-foot polished concrete edifice on 28 acres. Designed in a traditional Indian temple style with a symmetrical trio of gilded conical gopurams, the building follows Vastu Shastra, a Hindu system of harmonizing architecture with nature according to ancient Hindu rules of geometric symbolism in temple architecture. “It is not often that one gets to participate in the Kumbhabhishekham and Pranapratishtha festivities of a temple. This festival, spread over 12 days, will include the consecration and worship of all the temple Deities,” NESSP said in a statement.