Source: The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX (Map, News) - Ground has been broken for the Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona, which is expected to open in September 2008.
The first phase of the $1.5 million project includes construction of the 8,000-square-foot building, which will include four to six towers, the tallest reaching 55 feet.
For the second phase, artisans from India are expected to work and live in Arizona for two to three years as they hand-carve and paint the concrete temple. Accenting, carving and adding metal work to the temple is estimated to cost an additional $400,000.