Avatar Meher Baba Trust
|Founded||April 6, 1959|
|Shridhar Kelkar (Chairman)|
The Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust (AMBPPCT) is a charitable trust in India created by Meher Baba in 1959.
History and charter
Meher Baba signed the Trust Deed on April 6, 1959 on Meherabad Hill, near Ahmednagar, India. The Trust was inactive for the remaining ten years of his life, but he encouraged the trustees, who were his close disciples, to meet intermittently on trust matters. In the 1960s, he gave certain instructions to them for the future about spiritual training and educating the public about his life and message. These were later incorporated into the Trust Deed.
One of the purposes of the Meher Baba Trust was to provide for his disciples who were dependent on him, and to care for his future Tomb and his property at Meherabad, located near Ahmednagar, India.
In the years since, Meherabad and Baba’s nearby home Meherazad have become places of pilgrimage. Meherazad was incorporated into the Trust in 1999.
Mani Irani, Baba’s sister and close disciple, was the Trust’s chairman for over 20 years. After Mani's death in 1996, Bhau Kalchuri, another of Baba’ s close disciples, was chairman. In 2014, following Bhau's death, Shirdhar Kelkar was appointed Chairman and acts presently.
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