RENOVATION works in the Temple – NO PUBLIC ACCESS from 29.04.19 to end August 2019
We are taking up renovation works at the temple which is going to be a 16-week process. The temple premises will be handed over to the builder on Monday, the 29.04.19 & temple premises will become a construction zone. In view of this, there will be NO PUBLIC ACCESS with effect from MONDAY, the 29th APRIL 2019 till end AUGUST, 2019 because of HEALTH & SAFETY norms. However, the PRIESTS will have access & will be performing the daily aaratis / rituals. Last Thursday Satsangh at the temple will be on ANZAC day, the 25.04.19 before handing over to the builder.
WHY THIS RENOVATION?
Temples / Churches are considered as PLACES OF ASSEMBLY and City Councils give permission for specific number of people to assemble at these places. The number approved to great extent depends on the number of car parks available. With change in the Unitary Plan of Auckland City Council, we got approval for a higher number of assembly with same number of car parks. This is essential keeping in view of the devotee growth & long-term prospects of the temple. When we get approval for a higher capacity, we need to provide additional facility for Fire evacuation, upgrade mechanical systems for higher air flow, upgrade Fire Controls etc. We got required Resource & Building consent approvals from Auckland City Council & we need to complete the extension/renovation process now. There are not many major festivals / events during this period except Guru Purnima and Janmashtami which we are celebrating in NZ Athia Trust Society Hall. We regret for the inconvenience, but we are sure devotees will understand keeping in view the long-term interest of the temple.
WHAT IS THE ALTERNATE PLAN ?
We will be having weekly SATSANGH and MAHA PRASAD every THURSDAY at the following venues
02.05.19 and 09.05.19 (Two Thursdays) - Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust Hall, 14 Spring St, Onehunga
16.08.19 till 22.08.19 (every Thursday) - N.Z. Athia Trust Society Hall,37 Selwyn St, Onehunga
20.7.2019 - GURU PURNIMA - N.Z. Athia Trust Society Hall, 37 Selwyn St, Onehunga
24.8.2019 - KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI - N.Z. Athia Trust Society Hall, 37 Selwyn St, Onehunga
We will be back for the festive season starting from September 2019 (exact date will be communicated close to the time depends upon completion of the works)
APPEAL FOR DONATIONS
Thanks to all the devotees with whose support we could build one of the largest BABA temple in the World. Last 5 years our focus was to stabilise the systems/ pujas, improve the facilities for the convenience of the devotees etc. We will be spending about $500,000 on the extension/renovation works and appeal for donations. We have two Donor schemes 1) $5,000 - Sai Kalpataru Donor ( SKD ) - 2) $ 1001 - Sai Sahasranama Donor ( SSD ) or any amount as per your wish and convenience. You can pay this by installments or setup an automatic payments.
NZ Tax Residents will get 1/3 back from IRD.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT