A Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington fundraiser raised over $1.3 million in pledges for the construction of a new temple at the 5.35 acre facility in Beltsville, Maryland. The event featured theatrical performances highlighting the Jain Diaspora around the world and key Jain religious themes. The pledges received speak about the profound generosity and commitment of community members for the new temple, especially in light of the economy, said Bhupesh Mehta, President, Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington. The plans include the construction of a new temple -- to be called the Shikharbandh Mandir -- and a community facility that will host events. The overall project is expected to take three years to complete at a cost of $4.5 million.