Prem Rawat's Malibu Residence
Pictures and one sheet of the blueprints for Maharaji's custom-built residence in Malibu California are available. Presumably they were supplied by a diasaffected former premie and worker on the site. This single print shows the lower level of the residence and the upper (?!!) level of the larger of 2 garages - along with the pool and Cabana. The print itself is 3x4-foot - and is much too large to put online.
The residence was built by premie labour, since they work very cheaply. I've been told by people who worked there that the house was built around the former building which was then torn down. Rawat who was then calling himself Guru Maharaj Ji sent a letter of thanks to his devotees for that building. Of course he already had "a beautiful, beautiful residence" there. Actually it was "the most beautiful residence in Malibu" in 1976 but obviously not beautiful enough. Maybe some of his neighbours had built more beautiful houses. At the end of 1974 money to purchase the land around the "residence" had been donated though it took 2 requests from Guru Maharaj Ji for the money before the whole amount was donated. In the 1980's further land was purchased.
More details on the 'Divine Residence', including more pictures, are available at www.ex-premie.org.
Above is a closer view of the Marble Palace, taken from the public road nearby. The compound has changed radically since 1994 - at the end of the construction phase. A huge double gate with a brick or fancy stone guard shack has been located way down the road from the original gate and road spur, Rambla del Orto, that goes from Anacapa View Drive. Thus, the entire community of at least a dozen or more homes are now in the protected and secured confines of the Lord of the Universe.
It also looks like the driveway or Rambla del Orto spur has been shoved to the left by a considerable distance from it's original location. It looks like God's Gatehouse is a very substantial structure (see details at www.ex-premie.org). Thus, there are two gatehouses, and it's quite a fortress. The property is ringed with fences with huge No Trespassing signs.
The master bedroom (1) has a divider (not shown) that separates the room from the double doors that lead into it from the hallway. The convex wall is comprised of 6 exterior doors that lower into the floor. Also featured are a fireplace and a movable divider that returns to 2 pockets in the walls when not closing off the main portion of the room from the windowed wall.
The ample His and Hers bathrooms adjoining the master bedroom also have fireplaces, and (apparently) sections of glass brick to allow in the sunlight. The plan gives no detail on the fixtures to be installed, but an earlier jet (Boeing 707) that Maharaji owned sported gold fixtures. Porcelain would definitely be out of place here.
The other 4 bedrooms on this level each have fireplace, a private bathroom, glass brick, and a 7-foot patio door that opens completely when the sliding panels are slipped into a pocket in the wall.
The office (6) has a fireplace and a half-bath.
The massage room (16) also contains an 8x5-foot sauna, a half-bath with shower, and a storage room under the stairs which lead to the upper level from the Pool Corridor (20).
The drawing shows the larger of the 2 garages to be large enough to hold 9 cars (based on the size of the 3-car garage), but also refers to it as being the upper level of the garage. Exactly what is below this isn't indicated, but the steps in the Reception area (21) lead down to it.
The 4 exterior doors opening off of the Pool Corridor (20) are left- and right-hand pocket doors that recess completely into the walls when opened.
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