Nittimi Dharmarao, 45, their host at Rajahmundry, had come to Kovvur with his Ford car. He had been a devoted follower of Sai Baba and Upasni Maharaj, and had met Baba at the November 1952 meetings in Meherabad. At 4:30 P.M. Dharmarao drove Baba to Dowlaiswaram, where a large function was scheduled. Only Eruch, Meherjee, Nariman and Sastri accompanied Baba.
Dharmarao had reserved the Nava Bharati Gurukul, a student hostel of a boarding school, in Rajahmundry for Baba's stay. When Baba arrived after the darshan program in Dowlaiswaram, the mandali were not present. They were still waiting on the banks of the Godavri, since there were no buses available to bring them. Baba became furious with Dhanapathy, Dharmarao and Arjana Rao. Sitting under a tree in the hostel's compound, he repeated, "I told you not to play with fire! I am canceling the entire program and going back to Bombay." Dhanapathy burst out weeping and Baba forgave him, but he canceled the enactment of a play that night.
Mentioning another, Baba stated, "Here is N. Dharmarao, an executive highway engineer in Andhra. He drove my car, a jeep, during the Andhra tour. He loves me intensely and works for me. He was about to plunge the jeep into a deep ditch, when I averted the accident by catching hold of the steering wheel."