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Photo Tour of Meherabad

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Baba's Jhopdi


 Gilori Shah's Tomb

Meherabad Mandali Hall

Baba's Jhopdi

Baba's Table House

Baba's Dhuni

Meher Pilgrim Centre

Pilgrim Hostels

Baba's Samadhi



Meher Baba's Jhopdi (or the Hut) was constructed in April 1924 during "Ghamela Yoga" period. It was to be a private room for Baba's personal use and was built according to his specifications. Baba himself had lent a hand in the work and the construction was completed within a week. On April 15th, Baba called a meeting to suggest a name for the room. He suggested the name `Jhopdi' which everybody accepted. It was also called `Agrakuti' meaning `the First Hut'. By the end of April, stone flooring and verandah were completed and Jasmine tree saplings were planted around it.

From 7 May 1924 began Baba's seven days seclusion in the Jhopdi. On June 26th 1925, Meher Baba declared that he would observe silence from 10th of July. A signboard about his statement of observing silence was painted and erected at the entrance of Meherabad. On 9th July Pandoba observed that Baba's silence would deprive the world of his teachings. To this Meher Baba said: "I have come not to teach, but to awaken."

Later that evening Baba departed and retired for the night in the Jhopdi. Next day, Friday, July 10th 1925, Meher Baba came out of his Jhopdi at five in the morning. His mystic silence had begun. From 13th July, Baba commenced writing of his Book from the Jhopdi. One of the men mandali suggested that a special flag be posted near the Jhopdi to mark the divine presence of Meher Baba. Different colors were suggested. Baba proposed a seven colored flag, representing seven planes of consciousness, with red at the bottom and sky blue at the top. In the period of mid-1920s , mandali used to sing a marathi arati for Baba written by one Mohan Shahane. Mandali that there be an arati in Gujrati also. On 11 January 1926, Baba wrote his own arati "Bujave naar Zallat Ni" in Gujrati in the Jhopdi.

The Jhopdi is now opened for the pilgrims every year on 10th of July to celebrate Baba's Silence Day.


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