MANIKAYALA RAO Y.

MANIKAYALA RAO Y.

On 1st January 1969, Manikyala Rao with two others from Andhra arrived in Meherazad with Adi as permitted. Baba entered mandali hall in His wheelchair at 9:00 A.M. He expressed His appreciation for the work the three men were doing in His name in Vijayawada and remarked to them, "The time is near. How lucky you are that I am meeting you three." Baba asked Manikyala Rao about his personal and family affairs. After spending about half an hour in Baba's company, the three men departed.

On 20th February 1954 Baba arrived Vijayawada by train. The platform was packed with Baba's lovers and devotees. Cries of Baba's Jai filled the air. Chief organizer of the Vijayawada program, Manikyala Rao, rushed to Baba's compartment and garlanded him.

On alighting, Baba was profusely garlanded by others. Baba was driven to Majety Ramamohan Rao's family residence, where he was to stay. After Baba settled in, family of Manikyala Rao, and the chief Andhra workers.

The Andhra group arrived at Khushru Quarters at 8:45 A.M., 65 in all, led by Manikyala Rao and others. Coming out of the meeting hall, Baba was led to a large room where the Ahmednagar lovers and Andhra lovers were awaiting his arrival. The moment he stepped into the room, the song Pyare, chalo, Meher darbar! (Dear ones, let's go to the court of Meher!) greeted him. After he had taken his seat, the Andhra lovers approached him first with burning camphor, garlands of flowers, baskets of fruit and sweets. Manikyala Rao introduced everyone, one by one, and Baba embraced and kissed them on both cheeks.

In 1962, Baba met His Western lovers in the hall. Manikyala Rao entered the hall. Baba introduced him to the Westerners, explaining that he had brought Andhra lovers in a special train. Although these three men had been in Poona for the past three days, they had not had an opportunity to meet with Baba until then.