According to Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett:
Bhavani Rao or Bhavani Shanker, a chela who lived for a while at the headquarters of the TS in Bombay. He was present there with HPB and others at the time of the "Vega incident" connected with the medium Eglinton... He traveled some with HSO about India and was with him at Allahabad, India at the APS home at the time of the plaster cast phenomenon on March 11, 1881. Probably he is the person referred to by APS on p. 222 of OW, who transmitted some messages for him at Allahabad. According to SH, p. 165, he was one of a group at the headquarters of the TS (then in Bombay) in January 1882, to whom M appeared. Ross Scott, Damodar, "and others" were in the group. ML index; OW, pp. 130, 222; D, pp. 191, 331; SH index.
- George E. Linton and Virginia Hanson, eds., Readers Guide to The Mahatma Letters to A. P. Sinnett (Adyar, Chennai, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972), 219-220.