APPEAL TO REBUILD SAI BABA TEMPLE

$53,473 of $300,000 goal

Raised by 524 people in 19 months
APPEAL TO REBUILD SHIRDI SAI BABA TEMPLE OF SAN ANTONIO
 
Thank you for your donation and patronage towards the new Sai Temple of San Antonio. Your donations will go towards building a permanent abode for Sai in San Antonio.

With HIS grace and your support, the Temple construction committee is aggressively working towards Main Baba Mandir construction to complete by Oct 2018, to commensurate 100 years of Baba's Mahasamadhi. The current cost estimates to complete phase1 of the temple are around $1.4M to $1.6M. This initial phase to include Main Baba Mandir, Prasadaalayam and all the architectural and city commitments associated with them.

The Temple fund raising team is planning various activities for the next 12 to 18 months in an effort to raise funds for the construction. We are targeting June 2017 to break the ground and your donations go a long way for that. Please see the attached documents for the donor benefits and a sample of the temple donor wall that will permanently display names of the donors that made Sai Temple in San Antonio a reality.  For your future donations in 2017 and 2018, please consider Sai Temple as one of your beneficiaries. All your donations from 2016 through 2018 will be combined and the appropriate sponsor level will be applied.

Thank you again for your generous contribution that helps builds a legacy for the future generations in San Antonio to enjoy.

May Sai bless us all!


Previous message about our Temple and events leading to the incident:

Our Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of San Antonio, Texas, a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization was started on the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima in July 2014. Initially what started as a small prayer hall in a commercial office complex but very soon grew into a regular temple with Baba moola vigraha pratistha in June 2015. Every Thursday hundreds of devotees visit our temple to pray for Baba and receive his divine blessings.

Unfortunately, in the early hours of October 8th, 2016 our temple had a fire. 28 fire trucks battled the fire for about 40 minutes but could not save our temple. It was reduced to rubble and ash. The Baba devotee community is shell shocked and devastated. We had organized Navaratri festivities in the temple during this time and the celebrations were in full swing. Media coverage of this incident (see below) was unbearable to watch. Our Baba’s vigraha was engulfed in a massive fire as the burning roof collapsed. It seemed as if Baba took this on himself to save hundreds of devotees.  

Other than temple services, the temple regularly participated in the following charitable events:

1. Participated in various charities locally and globally. Food drives were organized during Guru Purinma & Thanksgiving Day and the temple donated collected items to the San Antonio Food Bank and Haven for Hope, the sole local charity that feeds the homeless.

2. School supplies for students during the start of school year.

3. Toy drive during Christmas for children.

4. Collective donations during major disasters, such as the Nepal Earthquake and Chennai floods.

5. Every Thursday our temple used to serve prasad (sanctified vegetarian) dinner to over 250 devotees.

6. On each festival occasion such as Guru Purnima, Baba Mahasamadhi, Sri Rama Navami, New Year Day, etc., the temple used to serve prasad to hundreds of devotees.


 We request you all to kindly pray for us and help support the Baba mission in San Antonio, Texas.  We are accepting donations either by check (in favor of ‘SSTSA’) or online at our website: http://www.saisanantonio.org/.
Updates and accounts of earlier events can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shirdisaibabatempleofsanantonio/posts/   Media coverage of the temple fire is available at these sites: 

http://www.ksat.com/news/video-san-antonio-hindu-temple-prays-after-fire-guts-building

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Northwest-Side-two-alarm-fire-deemed-9957573.php

http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/fire-tears-through-womans-health-clinic

Currently we are running temple services in a small temporary location next door (8600 Wurzbach Rd, building #1000, San Antonio, TX 78240)
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Sairam! Below is the latest drone video of our temple site. Plumbing work is done. Temple main hall, Prasadalaya area is getting ready for the concrete[foundation] work. Thank you all who sponsored for the divine brick on your family member names. Those bricks will be used very soon in the foundation area where Baba altar will be built. We have very few bricks left in the temple. If any of you didn't get a chance to sponsor, you can sponsor from the temple website http://www.saisanantonio.org/divine_Brick/ while supplies last and you can email us the names to be written on the bricks shirdisaitemplesa@gmail.com

Thank you for all your support, encouragement, service, contributions and suggestions. All your effort is counted and appreciated.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMNkbhZmS9kRH0FRBIUienyOu4gP_pp7WuNcwvCx-n4WJn9LaUeGhZe6h0ibwXOvQ?key=Q0dVMzFTcU9ZdDZEQmVhSDA4NzhTTVh0Q3ZwMnFn
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Thank you all for coming and being an integral part of the Ground Breaking Ceremony for our Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of San Antonio. Thanks to all the volunteers and construction crew that worked the days and nights to prepare and set up for the Ground Breaking day. This is another testament to your commitment and dedication.

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of San Antonio would like to give the following updates on various initiatives spearheaded in the last few months and the plans for the year 2018.

Construction Update:

Phase 1 structures to include:
Main Baba Mandir, Breakroom, restrooms & Basic Infrastructure

The consrtuction work surrounding the new Temple is going in full force. We had a set back with the rains and the weather during the month of February, but currently the efforts are going on as planned. Contractor is currently working on Temple and Break room pads and hoping to complete pouring concrete by April 2nd week.

So far the Construction Expenses that we have expended: $161,316.35

Financial Update:

* Current Estimated costs for Phase 1: $1.6 M
* Current funds on hand for the New Temple Construction: $978,705.56
* Outstanding Donor Commitments: $223,148.71

Social & Cultural activitues:

- With your sponsorship and support, the Temple fed 40 orphans from The Children’s shelter by taking them to their favorite breakfast place for Thanksgiving in November.

- The Temple & its volunteers conducted an Christmas Toy drive to benefit the kids from the Children’s Shelter.

- On Dec 9th, the volunteer led cultural committee of Shirdi Sai Temple conducted Sai Mela, which was a culmination of food and fun in an attempt to raise funds for the new temple. With your support and contribution, the new Temple fundraising team raised around $130K of current or future commitments. Thank you all for your continued support and patronage.

- Welcome Baba to your Home: As part of the centennial celebrations of Baba’s Maha Samadhi, we had 37 bhajans conducted so far at devottees houses. Our target is to complete 100 before the Temple opening.

With HIS blessings and grace, the Temple Committee wishes to open the Temple by Baba’s Maha Samadhi day. As you all know, this year marks 100 years of his MahaSamadhi. We will get back to you on further details surrounding the auspicious event.

Thank you all for being part of the divine cause. We appreciate your continued support. Please visit temple website www.saisanantonio.org for updates. We will post construction site pictures here from time to time . May Baba bless you all.
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With all your support we were able to conduct ground breaking event successfully on March 4th . The construction has officially started. Please view the ground breaking event pictures from below links. Once again thank you for your continued support. May Baba bless you!

day1:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ac84c9ee5apos3s/AACK3r7GvmxTlopPs5QBUaCxa?dl=0

day2:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h95da2zkzcacghh/AADCrcWAUbjmmNXzUU1TViJ-a?dl=0
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We request you to take the opportunity and sponsor for a divine brick which will be used as foundation for Baba's Altar.
http://www.saisanantonio.org/divine_brick/
Divine Brick for Baba Altar !
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