Puttaparthi, Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh
Located in Ananthapur District, Puttaparthi, once a sparsely populated
village, has shot into national and international fame as the abode of Bhagwan
Shri Satya Sai baba. Domestic and foreign visitors seeking spiritual solace come
to Prashanthi Nialayam at Puttaparthi through out the year.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the most colourful and multifaceted prophet, modern
India has produced, is believed to be the very avatar (incarnation) of love and
the voice of one’s own innermost heart speaking to each individual externally.
The teachings of the Baba are based on the famous ‘five props’ of Sathya
(truth), Dharma (righteousness) Santhi (peace), Prema (universal love) and
Ahimsa (non violence). Prasanthi Nilayam, over the years, has attracted people
from all over then world. The Ashram has a code of conduct which every visitor
should follow. The Ashram also has museums, stadiums, educational institutions,
the Sai Space Theatre etc. Puttaparthi was described a few years ago by a
western writer as a place, ‘a few footsteps away from stone age’. Today, however
that very hamlet holds in its heart ‘Prasanthi Nilayam’ or Abode of the Highest
Peace, one of the most important pilgrim centres of India and the world. This is
the abode of Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, perhaps India’s most known saint of
Festival at Puttaparthi
The 23rd of November is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by the
devotees of Baba at the Prasanthi Nilayam. Over a million people gather here on
the occasion of the Baba’s birthday. The atmosphere around the Ashram is
undeniably peaceful, and the growth of such a vibrant community in this once
forgotten backward area is not a small miracle.
How to reach Puttaparthi
- Air : The nearest airport to Puttaparthi are Bangalore and Tirupathi at
the distance of 250 km’s and 300 km’s respectively.
- Rail : The nearest railhead Dharmavaram at a distance 30 km’s on
Secunderabad-Dharmavaram and Pakhal-Dharmavaram line.
- Bus : Regular State buses from Hyderabad and major towns of A.P.
Where to Stay in Puttaparthi
- Prashanthi Nilayam offers cottages and dormitories.
- Hotel Sai Vijayam.