Meherazad was the last residence of the Indian spiritual teacher Meher Baba and is today a place of spiritual pilgrimage outside Pimpalgaon village, approximately 9 miles (14 km) north of Ahmednagar, India, and a few more miles away from Meherabad and the Meher Pilgrim Retreat.
Meher Baba lived in Meherazad from 1944 until his death in 1969 with his mandali (close companions/disciples).
The complex features buildings, gardens, and vehicles pertaining mostly to Baba’s later phases. Of special interest are Baba’s Room, Meherazad Gardens, Mandali Hall, the Blue Bus (that Baba travelled in with his women disciples in 1938-39), and the New Life Caravan.
The beautiful gardens were started and taken care of for years by Mehera, Baba’s closest woman disciple.
Meherazad remains a private residence and it is open to visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. There is a bus service to and from the MPR for those staying there.
Seclusion Hill, where Baba did much work, rises just behind Meherazad and many enjoy doing the short hike to the top and enjoying the view and the breeze.
This is one of my personal favorite things to do while here. Don’t forget to wear a hat or a scarf over your head on your way up.
The Blue Bus
In 1938, Baba embarked on a series of journeys throughout India. Accompanying Him were many Eastern and Western women mandali (disciples). This bus, originally built to seat 16 passengers, held as many as 24 women, children and pets during these journeys across India. Elizabeth, Eruch and occasionally Dr. Donkin, were the drivers of the bus.
Often there are programs put together in Mandali Hall for people at Meherazad (residents and visitors) to enjoy. These programs include movies, music, performances, and talks.
The swing is enjoyed by people of all ages.
Meherazad is a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful place, a gem hidden away from hectic India.