Puttaparthi is a town situated in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It was also the residence of the notable spiritual teacher Sathya Sai Baba. The town’s main attraction is Baba’s Prasanthi Nilayam ashram, the presence of which has given a huge boost to the local economy, in the form of hotels, lodges, restaurants and shops which are largely frequented by visitors to Prasanthi Nilayam. “The common languages spoken in Puttaparthi are Telugu, Kannada, English and Hindi.”. Saibaba is the main attraction of puttaparthi.
As the Birth Place of Sri Satya Sai Baba, the “godman” who preaches religious tolerance, universal love and service to others, Puttaparthi has special significance for his vast number of devotees from all over the world.
Sai Baba’s ability to produce vibbuti (sacred ash), seemingly miraculously out of thin air, is considered by his devotees to be an important symbol of his god – like status and powers. From a very young age, Sai Baba, born as Satyanarayana Raju in this village on 23 November 1926, claimed divine powers. When he was only 14, he declared that he was the reincarnation of a celebrated saint, Sai Baba from Shirdi in Maharastra, who died in 1918. It is believed that he will return after his death as another saint called Prem Sai Baba.
In 1950 Satya Sai Baba established an ashram for his followers, whose numbers had swollen to gigantic figures. Known as Prasanthi Nilayam or the “Abode of Highest Peace”, it is today a large complex with guesthouses, dormitories Kitchens and dining halls. Over the years, several buildings have appeared around the ashram – schools, colleges, residential complexes, hospitals, a Planetarium, a museum and recreation centres, tranforming this tiny village into a cosmopolitan township. Outside the ashram, at the lower end of the village, rural life continues, seemingly unaffected by the ashram’s activities. The countryside around is very fertile,with stretches of well – irrigated fields.
Timings for the Darshan of Maha Samadhi of Sathya Sai Baba have been given. The morning session would begin at 0800 hrs. with Vedic chanting for an hour followed by Bhajans till 0930 hrs. and Darshan would continue till 1100 hrs. Evening session begins at 1630 hrs. with an hour long Vedic chanting followed by Bhajans to end with Mangala Arathi at 1800 hrs.
Darshan in the evening will continue till 1930 hrs. Meanwhile, devotees who are willing to visit Puttaparthi may take notice that life in in the township has come to normalcy and buses and trains are plying as per schedule. Shops and other establishments are also open and working normal.
Rail: Reaching Puttaparthi by rail is simple, since Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station(8km) connects the town with the major cities of India, including Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bubhaneshwar, Mumbai and New Delhi.