A small village in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi is today on the world map. And the person responsible for it is "Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba" considered as a living God by millions. Prasanthi Nilayam (Adobe of Peace) is an imposing edifice at Puttaparthi built by the devotees in reverence to the living God at his birth place. People seeking peace of mind and solace make a beeline to this village from all over the world.
Born on November 23, 1926 Sathya Sai Baba's life has been a consistent manifestation of his divinity right from his childhood. His birth itself was accompanied by strange phenomena. The musical instruments in the house started playing on their own & a cobra was found lying under the child's bed. He was against any form of violence and refused to touch meat. Even as a toddler, he identified himself with all living beings. At a tender age of 4 he displayed infinite compassion & generosity. By the age of 8 he organized groups of his age to sing the glory of the Lord and taught them bhajans composed by himself. At the age to 14 he declared to his family that he did not belong to them and set out with his devotees to launch his divine mission in the service of mankind. Right from childhood he was able to perform miracles and cure devotees of maladies not easily curable. To enchant his devotees he performed many miracles like distributing sweets from an empty bag, plucking a variety of fruits from a tamarind tree (since known as Kalpavriksha). Devotees overseas are spread across 155 countries covering about 1900 Sai centres and groups. In India there are over 6000 Sai Samithis and groups all over the country.
Sri Sathya Sai Airport, about 6 Kms. away from the Ashram
The nearest Railway station is at Dharmavaram, very well connected to Puttaparthi by bus. There are trains to Dharmavaram from Bangalore and Hyderabad
From Bangalore 120 km and Ananthapur 80 km
This prayer hall was built in 1949. It is the centre of Prasanthi Nilayam. Omkar Suprabhatam at dawn, daily Bhajans and other spiritual activities are held in this hall. Ganesh Mandir: This was built around the same period as the main Mandir and is located at the entrance of Prasanthi Nilayam. Ganesh is the commander of Shiva's armym and as Vigneshwara obeisance is made to him for the removal of all obstacles.
Situated to the south of Ganesh Mandir, was constructed in 1977.
Situated opposite to the "Seva Dal" block this temple was consecrated by Bhagwan Baba on 9th October 1998. The five faced Goddess, Gayathri, the mother of the Vedas is the presiding deity here.
This is where the daily darshn takes place besides many other festivities. Divine discourses are delivered here. It has a seating capacity of about 20,000. On the northern side entrance to Sai Kulwant Hall, the exquisitely carved icons in white marble of Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman were consecrated by Bhagwan on 30th September 1999.
The banyan tree planted by Bhagwan has also a metal plate with inscription done with Divine Sankalpa embedded by him at the roots in 1950. Located on the left of the road uphill to the Spiritual success of those who meditate under it Devotees are allowed to meditate during the day time only.
It is located on the top of a hillock on the southern side of the Ashram-centered around the experience of spirituality in man's evolution. It displays fascinating artifacts to convey the eternal message of saints and sages of all religions of the world. Legends of Bhagwan's early life and his declaration of Avatarhood are emphasised in the displays. Sprawling over 20,000 sqf, it is designed to evoke the spiritual quest of man, regardless of chronology or country. The architecture of this building is in shikara style and is also the administrative building of the university. The museum is open between 10:00 AM and 12 noons daily.
This 50 feet feet high pillar celebrating the unity of all religions is located on the south of Poorna Chandra Auditorium and was built in November 1975 on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the advent of the Avatar and the World conference of the Sri Satya Sai Seva organizations held in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Established in 1981 and situated in the Vidyagiri adjacent to the Ashram this magnificent structure stands as the sentinel of the happy amalgamation of the secular & the spiritual. It is the foundation of the education system established by Bhagwan Sri Sthya Sai Baba. The institute has been recognized by the University Grants Commission as a Deemed University. It conducts courses in under graduates & post graduates studies in Arts, Science and Professional subjects. Apart from this Institute of higher learning, there is a Primary school and High School. Education is free in all these institutions.
Located behind the higher Secondary School, opposite the hill, with towering statues of Hanuman, Krishna, Shiva, Buddha, Zoroaster and Christ, its present an imposing view, Bhagwan Baba addresses the mammoth gathering from the Shanthi Vedika (covered Podium) on the southern end of the stadium on his birthday on 23 rd November every year. Among other events is the sports and cultural meet for the schools and colleges held on 11th of January every year. The stadium is not open to public except when in use.