Mehersthan ( The House of Beloved)
Topography: Mehersthan is situated in Kovvur, West Godavary Dist of Andhra Pradesh, India. Kovvur is locted on the Western Bank of the Holy river Godavary within the proximity of Rajahmundry ( a town on eastern bank). Also located on the main Railway track and easy to reach from any place either by train or by bus.
Importance of Mehersthan: Mehersthan, is regarded as “ holy place” by Beloved Baba’s lovers. One can see the Beloved in a life size bronze statue (idol) in the “Sanctum Sanctorum”.
Construction of Mehersthan: Housing of Beloved Meher Baba in bronze: “ surely Mehersthan was built by the Beloved Himself, for it was His love that inspired it, and His compassion that permitted it”
The instruments in Beloved’s hand, in construction of Mehersthan, on this sacred spot, are His dearly devoted lovers Sri Koduri Krishna Rao and his wife Smt Ratnamamba, who were fortunate of their first contact with Beloved at Kovvur on 22nd January 1953 during His visit to Andhra. Beloved visited his abode.
A Holy place:
Beloved Baba visited Kovvur twice. The first visit was in January 1953. The second visit was on 26th and 27th February 1954. Baba distributed “ prasad” with His own hands to thousands of people and thus sowed the seed of His Divine Love. He stayed aboard on a special steamer on the Holy waters of Godavary river during 26th night.
One Mowna Swami ordained by Beloved Baba carried out his fasting for 40 days, in a shed specially constructed by Sri Koduri Krishna Rao, chanting Baba’s name and living on two cups of milk and two cups of tea , a day.
Tracing back to the events led for construction of Mehersthan
At the first instance Meher Center Kovvur was started with the approval of Beloved Baba.
Finally Koduri’s devotion and his love for Baba and his tenacious attempts were fruitful in getting the permission of the Beloved for this “ Sanctum Sanctorum” which is called “Mehersthan” . Beloved imposed certain special instructions that “ the whole edifice should be done with Sri KKR’s own money and that it should be opened for universal worship by all without any distinction. Accordingly foundation was laid for Mehersthan on 25-2-1960 and was completed as per the instructions of Beloved Baba.
Opening of Mehersthan: Baba said “ I will be present there at the time, and for all time as those who come to Mehersthan to see Me and not My statue.” As per Baba’s wish Mehersthan was opened by Santhadevi Gaukwad (Maharani of Baroda) and unveiled Baba statue on 28th February 1963.
Unfurling Bab’s flag: Bro.Adi K. Irani unfurled seven coloured Baba-flag.
Bhajans:Special songs composed for the occasion were sung by Madhusudhan and party Pune, Babji and party Kakinada, and Balagopala Bhaskararaju and party, Tadeplligudem.
Prominent speaker on the occasion: Kavi yogi Maharshi Suddhananda Bharathi, Dr. H.P. Barucha, Dr. C.D.Deshmukh etc.