The long-cherished dream of the devotees of Lord Venkateswara (also known as Balaji) to construct a Temple for their favourite Deity in Hamilton will come true if the Project gets adequate public support and finances.
Sri Balaji Temple Trust (SBTT) has finalised plans for construction of the Temple at a plot of land located at Kent Street in Frankton and obtained the necessary approvals from the Hamilton City Council.
It has also negotiated for a loan with Westpac Bank.
Trustee & Treasurer Malathi Vasudevan appealed for donations from devotees and other members of the community, stating that a number of issues should be finalised shortly to begin construction work.
“We have the deposit amount for the purchase of the property but need about $200,000 to service the loan and other expenses for the maintenance of the Temple. Donations at $30 a month under our ‘$1 a Day Scheme’ are welcome. Those unable to participate in the Scheme may donate any amount they desire. Donors may remain anonymous if they so desire. As a registered Charitable Trust, donations are tax deductible,” she said.
All donors will be appropriately recognised, she added.
Donations can be credited to the Account of the Trust at Westpac (Account Number 03-1568-0478167-00).
SBTT was established about four years ago primarily to construct a Temple for Lord Venkateswara in Hamilton as a place of worship for Hindus.
“We conduct prayer meetings, Homams and Bhajans on third Friday of each month at the Phoenix Hall, Hamilton with the support of the Hamilton Tamil Society and other community groups,” Mrs Vasudevan said.