Hindu Temple Proposed for Route 27 Site

January 24, 2007

Source: Woodbridge Sentinel

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK - The township might be the home of the only temple for a particular sect of Hinduism in all of New Jersey, if the Zoning Board approves.

An application presented Jan. 11 was filed by Bharat Sevashram Sangha of North America Inc., which currently maintains a house in Kendall Park for use in religious practices. The project, if approved, would entail the construction of a 6,904-square-foot temple on Route 27.

According to the applicant's attorney, Rosalind Westlake, the temple will have a main floor for religious services, a mezzanine above that would have classrooms, and a 5,000-square-foot basement with a kitchen and bathrooms. The entire site would occupy a little less than 2 acres.

"This application will be a tremendous benefit to South Brunswick Township," said Westlake.

If approved, it would be the first of its kind to serve this particular sect in the state. According to Ramendra Nandi, a trustee with Bharat Sevashram, there are other centers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, with a central base of operations in Calcutta, India.