Sai Mandir, a Shrine to Sai Baba, to be Established as Pilgrimage Site

February 23, 2006

Source: Courier News

On February 23, 2006 Courier News reported, "To some, Millstone Borough may see like an unlikely destination for worshippers of a 19th century Indian saint... With less than 500 residents and smaller than a square mile, the government still largely operates with citizen volunteers, often working from their homes, and by sharing or contracting services with surrounding towns. But last summer, Dattatreyudu Nori of Scarsdale, N.Y., purchased the property at 132 Amwell Road. In July, Sai Mandir's USA Newsletter announced the 'Nori Foundation has ... purchased six acres of lot in the town of Millstone in Somerset County, New Jersey to establish a ... Sai Mandir. This will be a central location for all our devotees coming from Washington, Delaware, Philadelphia and New Jersey.' Last month, as the Planning Board began hearing the application for the mandir, a shrine to Indian guru Sai Baba (1838-1918), residents and board members began educating themselves on Hinduism and Indian architecture. The shrine, designed by architect Vilas Parab, will be located at the rear of the property, 345 feet from the road, with the existing Cape Cod home at the front of the property used as housing for the priests... Testimony from the applicant's engineer and architect were heard in January, and the testimony of their landscape architect, traffic expert, and use and planning expert will be presented at the next Planning Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday."