Benefits of helping build a temple for the Lord
Most of the Maha Puranas and also Srimad Bhagavat detail the merits of helping re-build temples that are in dilapidated condition.
“On building a temple of Sri Madhav one can attain the eternal Vaikunthaloka”
— Vamana Purana
“Having acquired wealth and built a temple with a small portion of it, a person acquires piety and gains favors from Hari.”
— Agni Purana
In the Srimad Bhagavatam we find the following verses: “By installing the Deity of the Lord, one becomes king of the entire earth, by building a temple for the Lord, one becomes ruler of the three worlds, by worshiping and serving the deity, one goes to the planet of Lord Brahma, and by performing all three of these activities one achieves a transcendental form like My own. But one who simply engages in devotional service with no consideration of fruitive results attains Me. Thus whoever worships Me according to the process I have described will ultimately attain pure devotional service unto Me.”
“ One who builds a beautiful temple for Lord Nrsimhadeva will be freed from all sinful reactions and he will enter the Vaikuntha planets.”
– Narasimha Purana
“Just by starting the construction of a temple for Lord, sins committed in seven births will be wiped out and one will deliver his forefathers who are suffering in hellish planets” and who sponsors a temple of Lord Vishnu, gains ten million times the merits accured by Yajna, Austerities, Charities, Pilgrimage and study of Vedas. – Skanda Purana
Mortals who help to construct a temple of Lord Vishnu do not return to this world, they return to the abode of Lord Vishnu (Padma Purana)
“A person who builds a temple of Sri Vishnu will get the same results as performing the Rajasuya yagna and Ashwameda yagna. O best of the Brahmanas, as many atoms as there are in the temple, for so many thousands of years will he be able to reside in the heavenly planets.” – Vishnu Dharmottara
If one contributes towards temple construction, devotional service becomes increasingly a more tangible and feasible reality in one’s life. The intent to build temples around the World is especially to provide an opportunity for fallen souls everywhere to acquire spiritual benefit by participation and charity. This is known as ajnata sukriti, which means pious credit acquired unknowingly.