Meher Baba Places of Pilgrimage
Places of Pilgrimage related to Meher Baba’s life and work.
Meher Baba was born in Pune with his family house Down an alley off Dastur Meher Road, where he spent his childhood and received his education. While studying in Deccan College this young boy Merwan met Hazrat Babajan whose grace bestowed upon him Self Realization. Later Meherwan met Shri Upasni Maharaj of Sakori and now around 1923 he was being followed by his early disciples as a Spiritually Perfect One and being called Meher Baba. During these years Baba came to Ahmednagar District (Near Pune ) in Maharastra State of India with his early followers, and he liked a Small Hill and chose this place for his future Ashram or permanent residence. This was a Small Hill near Arangaon village about 5 kms from Ahmednagar Railway Station, and had a Army Reservoir constructed on top of the Hill. Later the Tomb Shrine or Samadhi of Meher Baba was constructed on the Hill under his guidance and in 1969 when he dropped his physical form the body was brought and kept at the Tomb as per his instruction and now the Meherabad hill has become a place of Universal pilgrimage with his followers from all countries coming to take Darshan of the Samadhi round the year. The Reservoir part is now used for other activities, like presently it has a small Museum there to preserve the things that Baba used, and is open to visitors on scheduled days.
In course of time the Hill with Meher Baba’s Samadhi and the adjoining area of the Hill began to be called as Meherabad, and the lower parts of the hill were thus called lower Meherabad where the Residential Quarters or Dharamshala etc for the disciples were created . Now the Avatar Meher Baba Trust has created facilities for the visiting Pilgrims stay at lower Meherabad as Hostels and a Theater for Spiritual programmes.
With time the Meherabad area became more crowded as pilgrims visiting to meet Meher Baba were growing, the residence of Meher Baba was moved to another place near pimpalgaon village which is about 20 kms from Meherabad Hill, on the other side of Amhednagar District in a privately owned Bungalow. This small Bungalow became the personal residence of Meher Baba, his women Mandli and some of the Men Mandli with kitchen area and a place called Mandli Hall where Baba would site to meet the visitors or for official work like dictating replies to letters etc which he received. This place and area was now called as Meherazad. There is another Hill behind the Meherazad knows as Seclusion Hill, where Baba spent time for his inner Seclusion work in a temporary cabin on top.
Although Meher Baba visited many places in India and West, yet Pune, Meherabad and Meherazad, are intensely connected with the life and work as his personal places and are now well known with thousands of visitors flowing each year, and evolving facilities to accommodate his lovers year after year.
The Samadhi of Meher Baba on Meherabad Hill is open year-round from 5 am until 8 pm every day. The Prayers are performed at 7.00 am and 7.00 pm each day. However, overnight accommodation and most other facilities for visitors provided by the Trust, are open during the designated pilgrim season only, which runs for 9 months in a year from 15 June to 15 March each year, due to water scarcity . During the Indian summer from 15 March to 15 June Meherabad facilities are closed, with the exception of Hostel D, which is closed from 15 March to 25 May. Meherazad, Baba’s home located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Meherabad, is closed from 1 March to 30 June each year. Only during Intense summer visitors need to stay at Ahmednagar Town in Hotels etc, but apart from that they can always write to the Trust for accommodation and food and join the pilgrim festival. For more information on Accommodation Bookings and contact details etc please visit the Meherabad section as linked above or feel free to write to us for any further information through the contact us page of this website.
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