Puttaparthi Sri Sathya Sai BabaTalking about Anantapur and the first thing that comes to mind is Puttaparthi Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru and philosopher and believed to be the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba. He founded an organization - Sathya Sai Organization. The main aim of the organization is to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement.
ProclamationSathya Sai was born in a small village near Puttaparthi. In March 1940 he was apparently stung by a scorpion. He lost consciousness for a few hours and a few days went like this. When he regained consciousness he started reciting Sanskrit verses although he had no prior knowledge of the language. His parents were concerned for him and tried all sorts of prayers and treatments. It was in May 1940 he called all his family members and distributed flowers and prasadam to which his father got immensely angry. In October 1940 he declared ‘I am Sai Baba’. This was the first time he proclaimed himself as the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba.
Over the years he attained the position of a highly acclaimed spiritual guru and had followers from all over the world. He died on April 24, 2011 at the age of 84. After his death the body was present in the state for 2 days. He was buried on April 27 with full state honors. It is believed that an estimated 5,00, 000 people attended the funeral which included Manmohan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Narendra Modi, Ambika Soni, SM Krishna and Sonia Gandhi. Owning his stature and popularity, he was included in the Watkins 100 Spiritual Power list in March 2011.
Sathya Sai OrganisationSathya Sai Organization was founded by Sathya Sai Baba in 1960s. The first center was started under the name of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Samithi. Currently there are more than 1,200 Sathya Sai Centres (branches) in 126 countries of the world. Through this organization Sathya Sai Baba established a network of schools, colleges, hospitals and drinking water projects. The main drinking water projects run by the organization are at Chennai and Anantapur.
The organization publishes a monthly magazine called ‘Sanathana Sarathi’. It is published by Sathya Sai Books and Publication Trust. The English translation of Sanathana Sarathi means eternal charioteer.
In November 2001, the digital radio network Radio Sai Global Harmony was launched through the World Space Organization. The main aim of the radio was to spread the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba and his and message of global peace and harmony.
Educational Institutions Under Sathya Sai OrganisationAs mentioned earlier that a large number of educational institutions and projects were established by Sathya Sai Organization. The main aim of the educational institutions is to impart character education along with excellence in academics with emphasis on human values and ethics. He established Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School.
Hospitals and Healthcare Under Sathya Sai OrganisationThere are various general hospitals, eye hospitals, clinics and super specialty hospitals operating under Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. The trust also undertakes medical camps and mobile dispensaries which are primarily targeted at the rural masses.
Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital (Whitefied)Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital was opened for general public in 1977. It offers premium healthcare services, surgeries, food and medicines free of cost. The hospital has treated over 2 million patients till now.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science (Puttaprthi)
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science is located in the heart of Puttaparthi town. It is a 300 bed hospital which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narasimha Rao on 22 November 1991. The hospital was constructed in a record time of just 1 year. It is equipped with the following –
- 11 surgical theatres
- 5 intensive care units
- 24 hour emergency unit
- 2 cardiac catheterization laboratories
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science (Whitefield)After seeing the success of the first super specialty hospital, Karnataka government offered the trust 53 acres of land to establish a second super specialty hospital in Whitefield, Karnataka. It is a 333 bed hospital and is very popular in the region. The hospital was inaugurated in January 2001 by the then prime minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The hospital has provided free medical care to over 250,000 patients.
Puttapparthi is a small town in Anantapur district of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The original name of the town was Gollapali. The town was Sathya Sai Baba’s home and is now home to Sathya Sai Organization. People from all parts of the country and abroad used to visit Puttaparthi to seek blessings of Sathya Sai Baba. It is now a popular religious tourist destination of the region.
How to Reach Puttapparthi
Puttapparthi By Rail
Puttaparthi railway station is named as Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam station and it started functioning in November 2000. The station is just 8km from the main ashram and falls under the Bangalore Division of South Western Railways. The town is well connected by train to Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Kolkata and even New Delhi.
Puttapparthi By AirPuttaparthi town has its own airport which is located just 6km from the ashram. The airport is owned by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and is spread over an expansive 450 acres. The other nearest domestic and international airport is Kempegowda International Airport of Bangalore which is 119 km from Puttaparthi.
Ashrams and Mandirs in PuttapparthiThe ashrams and mandirs established by Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Sathya Sai Trust are a standing example of fine architecture and grandeur.
Prasanthi Nilayam which means abode of the highest peace in Puttaparhi was the main ashram of Sathya Sai Baba. In fact Puttaparthi town saw immense development courtesy Sathya Sai Organization. Today the town has –
- University complex
- Specialty hospital
- Museums - Sanathana Samskruti or Eternal Heritage Museum; Chaitanya Jyoti
- Hill view stadium
- Indoor sports stadium
- Railway Station
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust,
Phone: 0091 8555 289799 / 0091 8555 289703
Notable Followers of Puttapparthi Sai BabaSathya Sai Baba has a long list of followers from all over the globe. Some of the most popular names include the following –
- Narendra Modi
- Atal Behari Vajpayee
- APJ Abdul Kalam
- N. Chandrababu Naidu
- Meera Sanyal
- Khaleda Zia
- K. Jayakumar
- PV Narasimha Rao
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Sunil Gavaskar
- Arjuna Ranatunga
- Murali Karthik
- VVS Laxman
- Sanath Jayasurya
- Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
- Aishwarya Rai
- Anup Jalota
- Pankaj Udhas
- Kunal Ganjawala
- P. Susheela
- Beghum Parveen Sultana
- Sudha Raghunathan
- Anjali Devi