1926 : TOURS & VISITS
Sai Darbar. In 1925, during Meher Baba's first long stay at Meherabad, the number of people coming for His darshan gradually increased. By the end of the year, while Baba was spending most of His time in and around the Table-House near the dhuni, several thousand people would show up on some occasions. It became apparent that a larger gathering place was necessary, so on November 29th Baba broke ground to build a large meeting hall, 66 feet wide by 96 feet long. Made of bamboo matting and corrugated steel sheets, it was completed by the new year. It was named Sai Darbar, meaning "the court of Sai", in honor of Baba's master, Sai Baba of Shirdi. At the north end, a stage was constructed for performances, and just before His 32nd birthday was celebrated, Baba had Ajoba build a small wooden cabin upon the stage. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on February 18th, 1926, Baba gave darshan there to an estimated 50,000 people who had come for the celebration, which was stopped at midnight. Never since have so many people been at Meherabad during one day. In March, Baba moved His official seat from the Table-House to the Sai Darbar Cabin, and continued His work of writing The Book inside. In November 1926, Sai Darbar was demolished (except the paved platform and box cabin) along with the other temporary structures of that period.
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January ( 11th ) Baba wrote his own arti called "Bujave Naar " later known as the " Gujarati arti ".
The following month - Feb. ( 27th ) Baba's brother Jamshed died of a heart attack, aged 33 in Poona.
On May ( 22nd ) a tornado swept through Meherabad, later that day Baba and 14 others attended a wedding in Rahuri.
During a conversation with his men Baba mentioned his thoughts on Theosophical Society headed by Annie Besant and also on Krishamurti.
In Sept.( 21st ) Baba and 20 other men walked to a village 6 miles away - Walki, for the day then back again.
A month later, Oct.( 18th ) Baba and 14 others left at 5PM for Bhingar, just outside of Ahmadnagar for the day.
On Nov.( 25th ) Baba and over 20 men and women went to Lonavla, arriving the same day and stayed for 10 days.
Dec.(5th ) Baba took the train to Bombay - arriving at Dadar Railway station at 5PM. They stayed in Santa Cruz.
Later in Dec.( 24th ) Baba and the others all left for Meherabad by the Delhi Express train arriving ( 25th ) 9AM.
Seated on the left of Meher Baba are Naval Talati and Vishnu Deorukhkar. Standing behind them in the dark suit is F.H. Dadachanji
( Chanji ) Baba's secretary.
Meher Baba and his followers climbing Meherabad Hill about the 18th February 1926, the day of his birthday that year.