Panchgani Agiary – highest in the world !
Seth Nanabhoy Bezonji Choksi Dar-E-Meher PANCHGANI
Date of Consecration – 14th May, 1931 Roj Adar Maha Adar, 1300 Y.Z.
HISTORY: It is perhaps the highest located agiary in the world. Panchgani is about 4,300 feet above the sea level.
Seth Nanabhoy Bezonji Choksi Dar-E-Meher was consecrated and was open by Dastur Noshirwan Kaikobad on 14th May, 1931. The expenses for the building of the Dar-E-Meher were Rs.38,300/-. Seth Nanabhoy gave securities worth Rs. 26,338/- towards its maintenance fund. Various co-religionists donated sums totalling Rs. 11,500/- towards its endowment fund. The foundation stone laying ceremony for priest’s quarters which Seth Nanabhoy Choksi was to build in memory of his wife Goolbai was performed by his grand-daughter Bai Meherbai.
It is a quaint structure, beautiful in proportion. The stained glass is special feature on the façade of verandah. The agiary is set in beautiful garden with tall pine trees. It is on a slight elevation.
There is a lovely sanatorium with self contained cottages “Gulshan-e-Aram” one km from agiary and there is aramgah also.