Dear Lord Murugan Devotees!
We are pleased to inform you that majority of the construction work has been completed with the exception of the interior of (inside sannadies/small temples) the temple. The contractors have handed over the building as of December 14th. We would like to invite all devotees for a visit and tour of the temple as soon as COVID 19 restriction has been relaxed/partially uplifted. In the meantime, OBOS who owns the current temple building has granted permission to conduct temple activities until 31.july 2021 at Ammerud, Oslo.
We intended to make the temple accessible to the general public and have Kumbhabhishekham(Samprokshanam) ceremony in early 2022. In order to execute our plan, we are in need of financial support for following sannadies(deities) and other items; Vimanam (tower over Garpahgirga) Vinaygar, Shiva, Parvathi, Bairavar, Sandigeswarar. Find further details in the table below. We are in need of nearly NOK 6-7 million to complete the temple project which includes construction of all elements carved in granite stone.
The COVID 19 pandemic has caused severe impact on the economy which has placed a strain on our efforts to collect 6-7 million NOK in donations. Therefore, we have changed our plans temporarily. Construction of the 18 feet Vimanam in granite alone costs approximately NOK 3-4 million. We have consulted with our temple architect (Padmasiri Muthiah Sthapathy) in Chennai who has suggested to construct a small Vimanam in cement which cost around NOK 200,000. The rest of the work will continue as originally planned. The overall project budget has been significantly reduced to 3.4 million NOK and the 18 feet Vimanam will be constructed at a later date, as planned.
We are pleased to inform you that we have received 100% sponsorship for the Durga Sannadi and Dwaja Sthambam (kodi thambam), Lord Arumagam sannadi and Vairavar Sannadhi. Vinayagar and Durga sanndies carving work is almost complete and we expect that these stones will be shipped to Norway as early as January 2021. We hope that Indian Silpies will arrive in April 2021 to assemble the sannadies.
Wish you all a happy new year
Best regard, NHKS building committee & temple board