One fine morning when the rains took a break from its daily monsoon duty. The Sun grabbed this golden opportunity to spread its golden rays. Neither did I spoiled this golden day. And I immediately thought of a day trip in this rain free day. Where to go on such a day? A lot of suggestions and brainstorming ended up in selecting Meherabad for the day.
Driving down the side lane from the Ahmednagar highway we reached the peaceful destination of Meherabad. Situated away from the hub of the town, this is a tranquil destination in the midst of green. This is an ideal spot for meditation.
Why should I say only meditation? I would rather say this is a destination where one can relax in a noise free serene surrounding. One can spend their time by themselves.
The long stretches of trees spread across acres of undulating land provide a green ambience to this predominantly semi arid landscape. The rays of sun play hide and seek through the leaves. The wind blowing through the rows of trees creates a strange surreal sound.
Many birds and butterfly made this hamlet their peaceful paradise to stay undisturbed. I spotted a tiny bird with an orange tint on its wing. Though I could not identify it. Neither could I manage to follow it further through the thick foliage to have a better view.
In the centre of this vast land lies the samadhi of Meher Baba. The samadhi is housed within a neat modest room with a domed roof. Attached to it this room is an open hall with wooden seating arrangement for the devotees.
Photography is not allowed within the premises of the Samadhi Mandir. Visitors are urged to maintain silence within the temple. Devotees are allowed to offer flowers on the samadhi. A couple of lozenges are offered as Prasad.
Not only the devotees in the form of humans are offered this Prasad. The birds and squirrels too get blessed with this sweet meat. The jungle babbler and the squirrel roam around and come near the temple to snack on the tiny pieces of the lozenge offered to them by the temple workers.
There is a museum housed in a building near the samadhi. The museum has a rare collection from Meher Baba’s life. Baba’s tiny meagre room is beside the samadhi. The other samadhis beside the temple are of Baba’s sister Mani, his disciple Mehera and other primary disciples.
The samadhi is open for darshan from morning to evening. Every day the aarti is performed early morning and evening for 30 minutes. Bhajans are sung by devotees while visitors are allowed to stand in a queue and maintain silence in and around the temple.
Flowers and garlands are allowed as an offering on Baba’s samadhi. While offering money or other items is not considered proper and is not permitted.
The place is an utmost destination of solace and peace. As said on their official website – “Meher Baba’s “Samadhi” is the place where everyone has a share of the Master’s Grace, which he must come one day or other, to receive, in His divine Silence.”