Meherabad Lower, MS, India

MSI Collection
MSI Collection
1920s ; Meher Baba walking up to Upper Meherabad along with his followers.
1920s ; Meher Baba walking up to Upper Meherabad along with his followers.
1964
1964

MAP OF UPPER & LOWER MEHERABAD 1921-23 ; PREPARED BY S.D.SATHE, ENGINEER, AHMEDNAGAR

Present day map
Present day map

 

Aerial Photographs of Meherabad

Before 1920s


Ahmednagar Fort, in Ahmednagar city was the centre of the British cantonment used by artillery and infantry units, primarily between 1849 and 1921. In 1913 a Remount Depot was established to house 500 horses. In 1921, six Armoured Car companies were based there and in 1924 a Royal Tank Corps School was established at Ahmednagar. This School was the forerunner of the Fighting Vehicle School, and the area is now occupied by the Indian Armament & Electronics Regiment. Most of the barracks and bungalows which existed are still in use.

A remote hillside about six miles outside the city at Arangaon was leased by the British Indian Army towards the end of the First World War to house two (plague) segregation camps, supervised by the 2nd/102nd King Edward's Own Grenadiers and the 2nd/128th Pioneers of the Indian Army in 1919 on what later became known as Meherabad Hill. By 1921, during the famine of that year, the land was acquired by Kaikhushru and Gulmai Irani.

 

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1920s

 

Meherabad ; mid-1920s - colourized photo. Courtesy of AMBCSC Archives.
Meherabad ; mid-1920s - colourized photo. Courtesy of AMBCSC Archives.
1930 ; Meher Baba at Meherabad photographed by Paul Brunton during his interview.
1930 ; Meher Baba at Meherabad photographed by Paul Brunton during his interview.

Peter Nordeen's presentation on the founding of Meherabad

Meher Baba in Meherabad, 1926

MSI Collection ;  1926
MSI Collection ; 1926
November, 1930 : Photo taken by Paul Brunton
November, 1930 : Photo taken by Paul Brunton
1950S - Baba near the railway line
1950S - Baba near the railway line
Mohammed the Mast on the porch
Mohammed the Mast on the porch
1975 ; Padri breaking the soil for a construction watched by many of Baba's Mandali
1975 ; Padri breaking the soil for a construction watched by many of Baba's Mandali

Meher Pilgrim Centre 'MPC'

Meher Pilgrim Centre
Meher Pilgrim Centre

Men's Cemetry

2004 ; photo taken by Sher DiMaggio Zois
2004 ; photo taken by Sher DiMaggio Zois

Memorial Tower

Memorial Tower mode
Memorial Tower mode

In a simple and beautiful ceremony in December 1944, Beloved Meher Baba laid the foundation of His Memorial Tower. On this historic occasion, Baba had read out the names of all those who would be inscribed on the "tower of glory".  As each name was read, Baba placed a flower into the graves of His beloved disciples Masaji and Chanji, their tomb being the very foundation of the tower itself.


While the graves were being covered, Baba too threw in some earth, as did each of His lovers gathered for the occasion. Picking up the last few rose petals, He scattered them on top of the graves and said, "For all my future lovers to come."

Afterwards, Adi K. Irani read Baba's Message of The Memorial Tower of Meherabad. It is an extraordinary message. It is in this Message that the purpose of the tower can be gathered. 

"While the world is feverishly occupied with the vanishing things of the moment, there always are those who gain true perspective of life, through the grace of the Master … (those) who serve My Cause with unimpeachable integrity of character … who set aside all thoughts of the self and make their life an offering to the divine and imperative cause of the Master. …

"A visible memorial like a tower, which symbolizes their life of unfailing loyalty and love can itself become a medium for inspiring the generations to come. …"

Meher Baba has directed in His Message that the emblems of all the important religions of the world be placed on the tower.  "The tower will be in memory of men belonging to different religions and will in fact represent the fundamental unity of all the great world religions. … The tower shall thus be a silent proclamation of the unity of all religions. …" 

Moreover, Baba used the flowers symbolically. "The putting of all these flowers in the same foundation is intended to emphasize the Truth that, though the bodies of these devotees were different, they were all part of one eternal and indivisible soul. …" 

Eruch Jessawala has said of the Tower, "We can see that the purpose of the Memorial Tower from Baba's Message is to inspire future generations toward living a life of surrenderance, and at the same time proclaiming the unity of all religions and the unity of the spirit." (extract from the 122nd Meeting of the Board of Trustees, 2001) 

The tower is presently being constructed on the land consecrated by Baba, bestowing on that sacred ground, in His words, "… a reservoir of inspiration and power for posterity. …"


Courtesy of Suzan Iimura for Avatar Meher Baba Trust, 5 March 2015

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Chanji and Masaji (circled left and right) amidst other Eastern and Western disciples, Lower Meherabad, 23 January 1937. (Photo courtesy MN Publications)
Chanji and Masaji (circled left and right) amidst other Eastern and Western disciples, Lower Meherabad, 23 January 1937. (Photo courtesy MN Publications)
Architect Ted Judson (with friend) at the Memorial construction site.
Architect Ted Judson (with friend) at the Memorial construction site.
MEMORIAL TOWER - Under construction
MEMORIAL TOWER - Under construction
Masaji and Chanji's graves with Baba's Message behind. The tree is the original tree Baba stood under in 1944. (Photo of the model by Ted Judson)
Masaji and Chanji's graves with Baba's Message behind. The tree is the original tree Baba stood under in 1944. (Photo of the model by Ted Judson)
This article was taken from the monthly India Trust newsletter "In His Service" - July 2014. Click on image to enlarge.
This article was taken from the monthly India Trust newsletter "In His Service" - July 2014. Click on image to enlarge.
The tower as it will look when completed. (Photo of the model by Ted Judson)
The tower as it will look when completed. (Photo of the model by Ted Judson)
Model of the completed Memorial Tower. (Photo by Ted Judson)
Model of the completed Memorial Tower. (Photo by Ted Judson)

GREGG ROSEN PAINTINGS

Meherabad, 1925 ; Artist - Gregg Rosen
Meherabad, 1925 ; Artist - Gregg Rosen
Meherabad, June 3, 1937 ; Artist - Gregg Rosen
Meherabad, June 3, 1937 ; Artist - Gregg Rosen

CHARLIE MILLS PAINTINGS

 

The following videos are courtesy of Meher Baba Archives

February 1975

 

Photos taken by Anthony Zois

Australian pilgrim bus departing

GENERAL SCENES


Photo taken by Paul Lib - December 2016 - Sunset at Meherabad, India
Photo taken by Paul Lib - December 2016 - Sunset at Meherabad, India
Sunset at Meherabad, India - Photo taken by Stuart Baker
Sunset at Meherabad, India - Photo taken by Stuart Baker