1920s : Meher Baba garlanded during a darshan event. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Meher Baba garlanded during a darshan event. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

 

ESTABLISHING  HIS  CENTRE

 

1924 - Part B

 

Chapter 7 :

 

 British-India flag
British-India flag

1.                                                    INTRODUCTION

 

The story of Meher Baba's advent continues from Chapter 6.

 

This web page / chapter 7, will follow Meher Baba ( Merwan Irani ) in the second-half of  1924 with his first close group of both male & female followers.

 

The beginning of this page continues the story from the previous page, Chapter 6 with Meher Baba and his first group of men mandali ( close ones ) residing in different locations such as Quetta, Karachi, Bombay, Poona, Lonavla and in Ahmednagar. There were some long distance walks and trips throughout India in rapid succession, Baba not quite settling down in the area near Arangaon village, which was later known as Meherabad.

 

Click on images and maps to enlarge them, also click on the under-scored names to visit their web-pages.

 

 

 

                               1924  JULY - DECEMBER

 

CONTENT :  1. INTRODUCTION

                     2.  JOURNEY TO SOUTHERN INDIA

                     3.  TRIP TO CALCUTTA

                     4 VISIT TO KASHMIR

                     5.  VISIT TO BARODA

                     6.  VISIT TO GOA

                     7.  RETURN TO MEHERABAD

                     

 

Page references are marked RD ( Ramjoo's Diary ) & LM ( Lord Meher ).

Click on the following button to visit the previous page in Meher Baba's Advent.

Map showing a part of Southern India that Meher Baba travelled. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map showing a part of Southern India that Meher Baba travelled. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Madras Central Railway Station.. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
1920s : Madras Central Railway Station.. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.

 

 

2.                JOURNEY TO SOUTHERN INDIA

 

 

Meher Baba departed Poona in the *early-afternoon of 2nd August for Raichur by train  ( central southern India ). Many had come to the railway station to see Baba and his 4 men companions.

They were ; Beheramji Irani, Padri Driver, Gustadji Hansotia and Baily Irani.

Soon afterwards, Baba changed his mind and wanted to go to Madras ( Chennai ) instead, so the difference of the rail tickets were paid. They arrived at 9:30 am on the *3rd Aug. at Madras Central Station, they moved then to the Shaikh Sidiqui Choultry rest house near the station.

Madras ( now Chennai ) is on the southern-east coast of India.

 

Here, Baba made preparations to visit Porto Novo ( Parangipettai ) on India's south-east coast, south of Madras, which had devastating floods recently causing damage to lives and property. They left the following night 4th Aug. for the Madras Beach station of the S.I. Railway.

Upon arrival, there were vast crowds clambering to to travel and after many attempts to purchase tickets, there were none available, so they returned to the rest house.

 

RM p353-5

 

Please note : The book "Ramjoo's Diary" does not state who is actually the diary keeper for this journey.  *The book mistakenly gave an arrival time in Madras of 9:30pm 3rd Aug. Traveling at an average of about 50-60 kms an hour for 1,092 kms, the arrival time in Madras would be 9:30am, 3rd.Aug. A 12 hour difference.

Times & distances are shown in the next section below. Webmaster

 

August 1924 Historical Time

 

1st Aug : Born - Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia from 2005 to 2015 

2nd Aug : Born - Carroll O'Connor (John Carroll O'Connor), American TV actor known for portraying Queens resident Archie Bunker in the situation comedy All in the Family, and other films. (d. 2001)

-- James Baldwin, American novelist, non-fiction author and playwright known for the novel Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953), and the book Notes of a Native Son (1955); in Harlem, New York City (d. 1987)

3rd Aug : Amanullah Khan, King of Afghanistan, declared a jihad war against six tribes who had commenced the Khost rebellion,

-- A group of 150 Soviet troops crossed the border into Poland and attacked the town of Stołpce.

Died : Joseph Conrad (pen name for Józef Konrad Korzeniowski), 66, Polish-born British novelist known for Lord Jim and other works.

4th Aug : The first Women's International and British Games, also called the "Women's Olympiad", was held in London with women from six European nations (Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Switzerland at the UK) competing.

 

 

 BEHERAM H. IRANI        PADRI DRIVER             GUSTADJI HANSOTIA            BAILY IRANI

Madras Egmore ( Beach ) Station of the S.I. Railway. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Madras Egmore ( Beach ) Station of the S.I. Railway. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.

 

The following railway station name signs are in order of travelling from Poona to Ooty.

 

The distance between Poona and Madras by train  is about 1,095 kms / 680 miles. This takes between 18.5 & 19.5 hours by today's trains.

The distance between Madras and Ooty by train is about 503 kms / 312 miles. This takes about 15 hours today.

The total one-way is about 1,600 kms / 990 miles and takes about 33-35 hours today's trains.

The Madras sign was not available to be included with the other signs below.

Some of the towns travelled through by Meher Baba will also have a web page for them with extra details featured.

 

Early 1900s ; Madras. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Early 1900s ; Madras. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

 

The next day, 5th August they decided to go to Nilgiri Hills instead. This is located on the western side of southern India, south of Mysore ( Mysuru ). They departed on the 6th Aug. at 6:30pm for Ooty, travelling 3rd class. Baba slept that night on part of a bench.

 

 

RM p355

 

July 1924 Historical Time

 

5th Aug : The German delegation, including Chancellor Wilhelm Marx and Foreign Minister Gustav Stresemann, joined the London reparations conference.

 

Map shows the train route from Madras to Ooty-Nilgiri Hills. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.
Map shows the train route from Madras to Ooty-Nilgiri Hills. Map graphics by Anthony Zois.

REFERENCE  BOOKS

 

The reference books that were used on this webpage : 

 

Lord Meher Vol.2          - Bhau Kalchuri          pages 589 -

Ramjoo's Diary             - Ramjoo Abdulla       pages 352 -

The Perfect Master      - Charles B. Purdom   pages 67 -

The God-Man                - Charles B. Purdom  pages 46 -

 

 

 

  1926 : Panday Studio, Ahmednagar, India. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
1926 : Panday Studio, Ahmednagar, India. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
1926.  Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1926. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
 Meher Baba on 19th Feb. 1926, sitting on Sai Darbar platform, in India.  Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
Meher Baba on 19th Feb. 1926, sitting on Sai Darbar platform, in India. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
19th Sept. 1927 : Meher Baba in a tonga pulled by Baily Irani at Meherabad, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
19th Sept. 1927 : Meher Baba in a tonga pulled by Baily Irani at Meherabad, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Meher Baba at Meherabad, India in 1927. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Meher Baba at Meherabad, India in 1927. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
Meher Baba at Meherabad, India in 1927. Original full length image.
Meher Baba at Meherabad, India in 1927. Original full length image.
1927 - India : Meher Baba had just come out of seclusion to supervise the building of the new school.
1927 - India : Meher Baba had just come out of seclusion to supervise the building of the new school.
1928 : Toka, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
1928 : Toka, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
8th September 1928 Toka, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
8th September 1928 Toka, India. Image rendition by Anthony Zois.
8th September 1928 - Toka, India.
8th September 1928 - Toka, India.
  5th Sept. 1929 : Bombay studio. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
5th Sept. 1929 : Bombay studio. Image rendered by Anthony Zois.
   5th Sept. 1929 : Bombay studio.
5th Sept. 1929 : Bombay studio.