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Meherabad (meher flourishing: "abad" meaning a prosperous settlement, or a flourishing colony) was originally an ashram established by Meher Baba near Arangaon Village, Indiamarker in 1923 about south of Ahmednagarmarker. It is now the site of Meher Baba's samadhimarker (tomb-shrine) as well as facilities and accommodations for pilgrims. A large number of buildings mostly associated with the earlier decades of Baba’s work, the graves of disciples, and a range of pilgrim accommodation and charitable establishments are also there. Many Baba lovers work or live in the vicinity. The samadhi structure itself is located at .[[Image:Samadhi2.jpg|thumb|left|Faredoon Driver shows the grounds of upper Meherabad
Photo by Win Coates]]Meherabad is a popular place of pilgrimage for both eastern and western followers of Meher Baba with reported numbers of around 30,000 annual pilgrims at Amartithi (the celebration of his passing, January 31). The Meher Pilgrim Centermarker and Meher Pilgrim Retreat located there are open to the public. There is also a free dispensary and school.

Established in May 1923, Meherabad was the first permanent residence of Meher Baba and his disciples in Ahmednagar District. In 1944 Meher Baba moved his residence north to Meherazadmarker located away on the other side of Ahmedagar.

References

  1. Avatar Meher Baba, His Life, His Message and His Followers, Copyright 1996 Ray Kerkhove, Peter Milne and Ray Kerkhove,
  2. Avatar Meher Baba Trust - Calendar of Events
  3. Meher Prabhu: Lord Meher, The Biography of the Avatar of the Age, Meher Baba, by Bhau Kalchuri, Manifestation, Inc. 1986. p. 519
  4. Meher Baba's Last Sahavas, pp. 15-16 Copyright 1969 Dr. H. P. Bharucha


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