Who is Sri Sathya 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
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
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”.
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.
suffered all this torture with serenity. He then declared that He was Shirdi Sai
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
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
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’.
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.
Public Relations Office
Anantapur District, Pin Code-515134
Ph : +91 8555-287390
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.
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 :
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’ 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.
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.
(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.
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.
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 and the hall
opposite were constructed and inaugurated by
Swami in 1978 at Puttaparthy.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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”.
or 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
& 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.