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The tents were pitched separately for the gentlemen and the ladies at a distance from each other. There were a few small extra tents accommodating two male Sahavasis in each, as special cases.

 

The men were not to enter the women's tent, and likewise, the women were not to enter the men's tent. They could, however, greet or converse with one another while proceeding to or returning from the Meeting-Pandal.

 

Temporary latrines and bathing cabins were erected, about 40 for the men and about 20 for the women, with quite a liberal supply of cold and hot water. Besides, temporary water-pipe connection and about 60 water-taps were laid—water supplied by a motor pump from a natural spring well on the site-—near the tents, for washing purposes. Good cold water for drinking was available near the tents.

 

Another large tent served the purpose of a dining-hall, and this was situated at a point central to the dormitories of the men and the women, the kitchen, the prayer-hall and another huge tent or "meeting-pandal" where Baba and the Sahavasis assembled daily, the place where Baba gave His discourses and "darshan."

 

In the dining hall, the chairs and tables were arranged in separate wings for the men and the women. As there was not sufficient room for all to sit at the same time, the Sahavasis were entertained in three or four batches. Several of the Sahavasis volunteered their services in all matters, such as bus-arrangement, darshan programmes, serving of breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner, cleaning of the tables, plates, cups and regulating the queues going to Baba. The hours in the dining hall were indicated on notice boards outside and the Sahavasis were also reminded each time by bells. The food and breakfast was purely vegetarian and quite sumptuous.

 

There was a dispensary to give first-aid and temporary medical treatment according to the allopathic system, in charge of capable and experienced male and female doctors for the benefit of the Sahavasis of both sexes.

 

The Meeting-pandal was fitted with special lighting and loudspeaker arrangements and was large enough to accommodate over 1000 persons, with a dais at its upper end. In this Meeting-pandal, separate arrangements were made for the women and the men. A rectangular rope-partition

 

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