Puttaparthy Places of Interest
 

 Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

 

Who is Sri Sathya Sai Baba?sai baba
He was born in the early hours of the morning (at sunrise) on 23rd November 1926, in Puttaparthi. At the age of fourteen, Bhagawan dissociated himself from his family stating that he was going to his devotees who were calling him to launch his divine mission. From that time on he gave all of himself to his devotees, devotees have increased day by day, and are now spread all over the world, numbering many millions. They experience their lives in amazing ways. Devotees refer to Bhagawan as ‘Swami’ or ‘Baba’. He died on 24 April 2011 at the age of 84.

“I am God. And you too are God. The only difference between you and Me is that while I am aware of it, you are completely unaware.”

This is the answer Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba gives to people who query Him about His identity and divinity.

This fundamental truth of man’s divine nature is at the heart of His message and mission. Indeed, in His discourses to devotees, He addresses them as Embodiments of the Divine Atma”.

All who experience His pure and selfless love, and benefit from His illuminating counsel, and witness His miraculous nature get a glimpse of the glory and majesty of God, and therefore of what one potentially and inherently is.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born in the early hours of the morning (at sunrise) on 23rd November 1926, in Puttaparthi. At the age of thirteen, fearing that He was possessed by some evil spirit, His parents took Him to a village doctor who tortured his body to drive the entity away.

Youth Sathyanarayana suffered all this torture with serenity. He then declared that He was Shirdi Sai Baba reborn.

Shirdi is a village in Maharastra, 1000 kms away from Puttaparthi. Shirdi Sai Baba was Lord Shiva incarnated in human form. He left his mortal body in 1918. At the time, very few people knew about Shirdi, or Sai Baba for that matter.

At the age of fourteen, Bhagawan dissociated himself from his family stating that he was going to his devotees who were calling him to launch his divine mission.

From that time on he gave all of himself to his devotees, devotees have increased day by day, and are now spread all over the world, numbering many millions. They experience their lives in amazing ways. Devotees refer to Bhagawan as ‘Swami’ or ‘Baba’.

saibaba Maha Samathi Sri Sathath ya Sai Baba ’s Maha Samadhi

His Samadhi is located inside the Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram in Puttaparti
Darshan of Maha Samadhi : 8 am 11:30 am and 4.30 pm. to 7.30 pm.
Contact :
Public Relations Office Prasanthi Nilayam,
Anantapur District, Pin Code-515134 Andhra Pradesh,
Ph : +91 8555-287390
http://www.srisathyasai.org.in

 

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birth Place (Shivalayam) :

A Shivalayam (Temple of Lord Shiva) now stands in place of the house where Bhagawan was born. Bhagawan was born on 23rd November 1926, a Karthika Somavara according to the Hindu calendar, and a day traditionally devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva. It is located in the Puttaparthi village, down the Gopuram Road and the last turn towards the left.

prasanthi nilayam

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum :

It was Inaugurated on 18th November, 2000 to commemorate the 75th year of the advent of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, this architectural marvel houses an exhibition on the Life and Mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. With multimedia presentations and fascinating exhibits arranged in seven phases, the museum takes the visitor through the story of Bhagawan’s birth and childhood, the prophecies connected with His Advent, and major milestones in the grand Mission of the Avatar. It is located beside the statues of great spiritual masters of the world that stand overlooking the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View stadium. On all week days except Mondays. Morning 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Afternoon 3.00 p.m. to 5.30 pm.

Gopalaswami Temple :

This temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was brought up in a community of cowherds or gopas and He is lovingly called Gopala. The history of this temple is intricately woven with the legend of Puttaparthi.

Lord Hanuman Statue :

Hanuman

Overlooking the stadium are the statues of great spiritual masters and Avatars like Krishna, Shirdi Sai Baba, Shiva, Buddha, Zoroaster and Jesus Christ. An artificial waterfall cascades down the hill behind the statue of Lord Shiva like the River Ganga that flows from His tresses. At the peak of the hill is the 65 feet high statue of Lord Hanuman that was built to commemorate Bhagawan’s 65th birthday. Location : It is located behind the Higher Secondary School campus in the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri Campus.

Kalpatharu :

‘Kalpatharu’ or ‘the Wish-Fulfilling Tree’ is a tamarind tree that stands at the crest of a hill called ‘Obuladevara Gutta’ on the left bank of the river Chitravathi. As a young lad, Bhagawan would take devotees atop this hill and would pluck out of the tree any fruit they wished for. Thus, this tree became an instrument of Bhagawan’s leela or divine sport. Location : To reach the Kalpatharu, one has to take the steps beginning from the foot of the ‘Obuladevara Gutta’ from Chitravathi Road.

Planetarium :

The Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre or Planetarium, with a seating capacity of 200, organizes shows every Thursday in two languages – English and Hindi. It was inaugurated by Bhagawan on 22nd November, 1985. Location It is situated on the main road, opposite to the Higher Secondary School Boys’ Hostel in the Sri Sathya Sai Vidyagiri campus. Timings The planetarium organizes shows every Thursday in English and Hindi. English 10.00 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. Hindi 11.00 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.

Samadhi (Sepulcher) of Bhagawan’s Parents :

The mortal remains of Bhagawan Baba’s parents, Sri Pedda Venkama Raju and Smt. Easwaramma are interred in this holy mausoleum or ‘Samadhi’. On May 6th every year, the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Easwaramma is commemorated as Easwaramma Day. On this day, Bhajans are conducted and ‘Narayana Seva’ (community feeding) is organized at the Samadhi. It is located on the Samadhi Road. Timings : 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Evening 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Sathyabhama Temple :

This is a temple dedicated to the worship of Mother Sathyabhama, the divine consort of Lord Krishna. This is a unique temple because seldom in any part of India is this type of homage offered to Mother Sathyabhama. It was built by the pious Sri Ratnakaram Kondama Raju (the Bhagawan’s paternal grandfather) and in explanation of this unusual tribute to Sathyabhama, he said that he was persuaded to erect the temple, by events that occurred during a strange dream! The Dream: In the dream, Kondama Raju saw Sathyabhama, alone, expectant and forlorn, waiting anxiously for her lord, who had gone on an errand to bring her the much-coveted ‘Parijatha’ flowers. The minutes increased to hours and the hours accumulated into days but still there was no sign of Lord Krishna! So, Sathyabhama broke into tears. There ensued a huge storm accompanied by thunder, lightning and a heavy shower of rain. Luckily, Her eyes fell on Kondama Raju who was passing across the place where she stood and she asked him to provide some shelter. This led to the determination of Sri Kondama Raju to raise a temple for the Consort of the Lord.

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust :

It has constructed a number of convention centers where cultural programmes, symposia and conferences are conducted. The Sai Kulwant hall at Prasanthi Nilayam has been the venue for a host of programmes that span a wide spectrum of cultures and religious traditions from all over the world. A number of conferences have also been held here on various occasions.

The Village Mosque :

The village Mosque and the hall opposite were constructed and inaugurated by Swami in 1978 at Puttaparthy.

Sanathana Samskruti Museum

The Sanathana Samskruti Museum or the Eternal Heritage Museum promotes one of the cardinal teachings of Bhagawan, the message of the unity of all religions. It was inaugurated by Bhagawan on 19th November, 1990. It is located adjacent to the Administrative block of the University. Morning 10.00 a.m. to 12 Noon. On all week days. Entry passes: There are no entry passes are required and no entry fee is collected.

Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music :

 Bhagawan was set up at Prasanthi Nilayam in the year 2001. Both Carnatic and Hindustani styles of vocal music are taught here apart from training in playing the veena, mridangam, sitar and tabla. Adjoining the music college is an innovatively designed building, its facade formed from different musical instruments. This is the museum that displays musical instruments from various parts of the world. This is also the setting for many enthralling concerts by the boys of the music college when Bhagawan comes visiting.

music school in puttaparthy

Sri Sathya Sai Junior College :

 The Central Trust has also constructed this college at Kothacheruvu near Prasanthi Nilayam that has since been handed over to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In Puttaparthi, Sathya Sai Nagar, Prasanthigram and in Taraka Rama Nagar (Kammavaripalli), where no proper infrastructure existed to conduct classes at Primary level, school buildings have been constructed by the Trust.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital :

Bhagawan’s initiatives in the field of medical care began with the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Prasanthi Nilayam that was inaugurated on 4th October 1956 as a 12-bed facility for serving the poor in Puttaparthi and the surrounding villages. With passing years, the demand for the services offered by the hospital grew and patients came from all over Anantapur District and even adjoining areas and other states. Healthcare provision to the ever-increasing stream of poor patients was enhanced by upgrading the hospital to a 90-bed facility with an out-patient department that now handles around 600 patients a day on an average.

Ashram

Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium :

This stadium is the venue for the inaugural ceremony of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of Bhagawan’s educational institutions that is held on January 11th every year. Many of the events connected with Bhagawan’s birthday celebrations have also been conducted here. The spectators’ gallery has a seating capacity of about 30,000. On 30th December 1997, the Sri Sathya Sai Unity Cup cricket match between India XI captained by Sachin Tendulkar and World XI captained by Arjuna Ranatunga was organized here.

puttaparthy Stadium

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences :

 Prasanthigram or the super-speciality hospital is a 230-bed hospital that provides quality medical care at the territory level completely free of charge to all, irrespective of caste, creed, economic status, race or religion. The hospital provides free medical services in the disciplines of Cardiology/Cardio-Thoracic Vascular Surgery, Urology, and Ophthalmology. It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India on 22nd November 1991 in the divine presence of Bhagawan Baba on the eve of His 66th Birthday celebrations. It is located about 5 kms from the Prasanthi Nilayam Ashram. Timings: Visitors are permitted from 12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. on weekdays. The hospital is closed to visitors on Sundays and public holidays. For more information please contact the Public Relations Office of the hospital. Phone: 08555-287388 (Extension: 508).

The Hanuman Temple :

Puttaparthy SportsCentre

The Hanuman Temple is located in the village of Puttaparthi at the northern end of the Gopuram road. The temple is associated with a remarkable incident that occurred during Bhagawan’s childhood days. One day, young Sathya and His friends visited the temple to perform the customary circumambulation. They had gone around the sanctum sanctorum once and preparing to go around again when Sathya suddenly stopped and stood rooted to the spot as if held by some invisible force. Some of his stronger mates tried to move Him but couldn’t. He explained to His wonderstruck friends that it was Lord Hanuman who was holding Him back, and even as He said these words the boys could see Lord Hanuman holding Sathya’s feet tightly and saying, “Lord, it is I who have to circumambulate you”.

Vata Vriksha or Meditation Tree :

Meditation Tree

The meditation tree is a banyan tree planted by Bhagawan on 29th June 1959, under which He has installed a ‘Yantra’, a copper plate with mystic markings on it. This ‘Yantra’, measuring about 15 inches x 10 inches, was materialized out of the sands of river Chitravathi by Bhagawan sometime in April 1959 when He had gone to the banks of the river along with some devotees, as He often would during those days. It is located about halfway up the road leading from the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital.

book stall

Books, Audio & Video Stall :

The Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust is the central official body that undertakes the printing, publishing and sale of various books, audio & video cassettes, CDs & DVDs etc. relating to the life and teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Bhajans and festivals in the Divine Presence. The Trust also undertakes the sale of publications in other Indian and Foreign languages. It is located behind South-6, near the Shopping Centre. The Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Trust building is located behind South-6, near the Shopping Centre.

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