- Sacred abode of Sri Satya Sai Baba is a world famous pilgrim centre.
- Millions of devotees from all over the world visit Sai Bab’s ashram called as Prashanti Nilayam, meaning the ‘abode of highest peace’ over here to seek spiritual solace.
- On 23rd November 1950, Prashanti Nilayam, his main ashram was inaugurated.
- Ashram is a large complex with guest houses, dormitories and dining halls.
- It can accommodate thousands of visitors and is worth seeing of its magical serenity and divine ambience.
- Sai Bab preaches religious tolerance, universal love and service to others.
- Sai Baba, the ‘god man’ is also a great educationalist and philanthropist.
- Sai Baba birthday on 23rd November is celebrated with great enthusiasm at the Prasanthi Nilayam and millions of devotees come here to attend the festivities.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Sri Sathya Sai Airport, Puttaparthi (PUT), 5 kms away from Puttaparthi city centre.
- Rail: Puttaparti Railway Station, Puttaparti, 8 kms away from Puttaparthi city centre.
- Road: Well connected by road.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE
ATTRACTIONS AROUND PUTTAPARTI
- 40 kms away from Puttaparthi city.
- Important Hindu pilgrim centre is dotted with several ancient shrines.
- Most important temple is of Sri Lakshmi Chenna Kesava Swamy, with a towering Gopuram.
- Ramalingeswara temple is known for its exquisite architecture.
- 65 kms away from Puttaparthi city on the way to Bangalore-Puttaparthi.
- According to mythological legends, Jatayu, the king of birds fought here with demon king Ravanna to stop him from escaping to Lanka after kidnapping Sita, the consort of Rama.
- 16th century Veerabhadra temple here is known for its art, architecture and paintings of the Vijayanagara period and dedicated to both Shiva and Vishnu.
- A huge monolith Nandi seated across the Veerabhadra temple, measure about 6.10 metres in height and 9.15 metres in length and is perhaps the largest sculpture of its kind.
- It faces another huge monolith of seven headed naga (serpent) sheltering a granite linga, which is a representation of Lord Shiva and Vishnu.