Saturday 6 December 2014

Nisargadatta Maharaj lived here

Vanmali Bhavan, 10th Lane, Khetwadi, Mumbai, India.

This was where Maharaj lived. The room where the discourses were given was a loft above the family living area. A small room around 10'x20'. One must climb a narrow and steep staircase to get to it. Today some of his relatives live here. The popular landmark for the building is a public toilet opposite to it. You may also refer to the pictures below. Maharaj lived as an ordinary man, and only a very few people in the neighborhood know that such a great sage lived here.

Photographs taken during August 2016


Gopi Kanna said...

I am in Cehnai..Wanting to go to maharaj's house in Mumbai. How is it maintained now?

Manmohan Sethumadhavan said...

Not sure who lives there. You may contact here and inquire

Sameer said...

Whoever has landed up on this page and is looking for guidance and direction on how to get there:

I recently went to Maharaj's blessed home on 12th January, 2024. As per the conversations I had, his elder brother's family maintains the house. It is their residential space but they keep it open for the public from 12pm-8pm.

While the address mentions 10th Khetwadi Lane, a quicker and more helpful alternative is to ask for Alfred Talkies and enter the lane right next to it. The building is the second or third one - you can ask any of the shops present there for Vanmali Building. It prevents you from taking the roundabout longer route. :)

Don't forget to spend some time to meditate. Despite the years that have passed, our Beloved Maharaj is very much Present.

Om Sadguruve Namah.

Gopi Kanna said...

Thank you Sameer. I finally did go. Was a little disappointed since they had converted it into children's bedroom. A few kids were playing video games. Sat and meditated for cosometime. Will post pictures.🙏

oolalajp said...

I am planning to visit this August and will update my comment after visiting. If anyone visits beforehand or is planning on also visiting in August, please post a comment.


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