Puttaparthy is a small town in Andhra Pradesh. But it’s famous as the birthplace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The dainty town is a popular religious destination and devotees from all over India and even different parts of the world visit this holy land. The main attraction of the town is the ashram Prasanthi Nilayam, which was founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba himself. The majestic ashram is a sight in itself. It has numerous beautiful temples, bakery, dining halls, parks, canteens, and guest houses. A tour of this city will give you a glimpse into the life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and also you’ll see how well the town is managed.
Sathya Sai Baba ashram, Prashanthi Nilayam, Sai Kulwant Hall, Sathya Sai Central Trust Office, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences
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A town in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh state, more recognized by the name of Sathya Sai Baba’s place, Puttaparthi. Known as Gollapalli in ancient times, this is situated on the banks of river Chitravathi and is fenced by rolling hills. It is a beautiful town tugged in a valley and a perfect global village, a real Indian countryside that has all modern-day facilities. Though this place hasn’t got much for sightseeing or other touristy fervor but is a well-known religious destination by the world as the birthplace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The place is also popular for the ashram Prasanthi Nilayam, founded by him. Sri Sathya Sai Baba is believed to be the "God Incarnate" by his ardent followers.
The main attraction here is the ashram Prasanthi Nilayam, meaning "the abode of highest peace". This ashram was made in 1950, and inaugurated on his 25th birthday. Splendidly made temples, well managed public relations desk, bakery, dining halls, canteen, kitchens, dormitories, guest houses, post office, etc., are a part of this ashram. The grand 'Darshan Hall', of this ashram is a place where Sri Sai Baba gave darshan and met his devotees.
Tourists and pilgrims here, enjoy their stay at Prasanthi Nilayam and when free from their religious obligations they like visiting nearby places.
Some places of interest in and around Puttaparthi are The Sri Sathya Sai Space Theater, Sanathana Sanskruti Museum, Chaitanya Jyoti Museum, the Planetarium, Sri Satya Sai Hill view stadium, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birth Place, Samadhi (Sepulcher) of Sri Satya Sai’s Parents, Shivalayam, Lord Dattatreya Temple, Sathyabhama Temple, Gopalaswami Temple, Hanuman Temple, and the Vata Vriksha or Meditation Tree. Pilgrims surely visit the interesting Kalpatharu, i.e., the Wish-Fulfilling Tree tamarind tree. A well-managed tour to Puttaparthi will surely create divine memories that will stay etched in your heart for long.
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