Puttaparthi is a town in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The original name of Puttaparthi was Gollapalli. Once it was a sparsely populated village, has shot into national and international fame as the abode of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba also called Puttaparthi Saibaba. The original name of Sai Baba is "Satyanarayana Raju". He was born on November 23, 1926 in Puttaparthi.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Puttaparthi, is the most colourful and multifaceted prophet, modern India has produced, is believed to be the very avatar (incarnation) of love and the voice of one's own innermost heart speaking to each individual externally. The teachings of the Sai Baba are based on the famous 'five props' of Sathya (truth), Dharma (righteousness) Santhi (peace), Prema (universal love) and Ahimsa (non-violence). Prasanthi Nilayam, over the years, has attracted people from all over the world. The Ashram also has museums, stadiums, educational institutions, the Sai Space Theatre etc. The 23rd of November is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm by the devotees of Baba at the Prasanthi Nilayam. Over a million people gather here on the occasion of the Baba's birthday. The atmosphere around the Ashram is undeniably peaceful, and the growth of such a vibrant community in this once forgotten backward area is not a small miracle.
His disciples have constructed the 'Prashanti Nilayam' an ashram, which attracts large number of devotees throughout the year enchanting Puttaparthi Sai baba bhajans. Prashanti Nilayam means 'the abode of peace". The ashram was inaugurated in 1950. The ashram is a huge complex with room for thousands, with canteens, shops, a museum and library, and a vast assembly hall where Sai Baba had given 'darshan' twice daily. A considerable number of devotees turn out for his birthday celebrations in Puttaparthi, where he delivered a message to his devotees.
How to reach Puttaparthi
By Road -
Puttaparthi is well connected by road to Bangalore. The distance between Bangalore to Puttaparthi is about 120 Km from Prasanthi Nilayam which can be covered via bus or car.
By Train -
The 'Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam' railway station is located 8 kilometres from the ashram. You can catch trains from Chennai to Puttaparthi.
By Air -
The nearest Puttaparthi airport is the Bangalore airport located at about 120 kilometres from Prasanthi Nilayam.