Stunning Edifice of Contemporary India Puttaparthi
Located in the South West of Andhra Pradesh, Puttaparthi is surrounded by arid and rocky hills bordering Karnataka. It is among the most famous religious tourist destinations in the world. It has now attained international as well as national fame because of the glory of Bhagvan Shri Sathya Sai Baba. The holy abode of baba is known as Prasanthi Nilayam literally meaning “the abode of peace”. The Ashram houses educational institutions, stadiums museums, hospitals and all the modern facilities that suit to the wants of any of the devotees.
Famous Pilgrimage Attractions Are:
Birth Place of Bhagvan Sai
A Shiva temple in the Puttaparthi village signifies the birth-place of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The temple was opened by Baba in 1979. The real birthplace, not known to most people, is located across the river in a small depilated house.
On the other side of the street there is a temple for Sathyabhama, a rare one exclusively established for Sathyabhama. Sathyabhama is commonly known as the consort of Lord Krishna. Perhaps this is the reason why the temple in Puttaparthi is the only temple in the world dedicated to Sathyabhama. Sri Kondama Raju, Bhagavan’s grandfather, had a dream where he found Sathyabhama standing in heavy rain and wind, asking for shelters which lead to the construction of a temple for Sathyabhama.
Sri Raju Kalyana Mandapa
The Old Mandir was constructed in the year 1945. Bhagvan selected a new location for His darshans and a new Mandir, the current one, was constructed in 1950. Thereafter the old Mandir has been used as Kalyana Mandapa (marriage hall) and is given for free use for marriages in the village.
The Village Mosque
The village mosque and the hall opposite was constructed and opened by Baba in 1978. At a certain borderline from Puttaparthi, accidents and diseases would set-in on travelers. Bhagvan asked local people in the area to dig at a certain spot, and a plate was discovered, containing various Muslim inscriptions. The plate was moved into the Mandir, and all inauspicious events stopped. A mosque was built in Puttaparthi and the plate was taken on yearly processions to the mosque from the Mandir.
Anjaneya (Hanuman) Swami Temple
This temple is between Kalyana Mandapa and the Sathyabhama temple. At the entrance, Lord Siva as Lingam, brought by Bhagvan from Kasim, is installed. The temple appears as if Anjaneya engraved in a guha stands inside a cave. There is always a pool of water at the feet of Anjaneya (Hanuman) representing the tears he sheds in his love and longing for Lord Rama.
This 'wish fulfilling' tree is an old tamarind tree from Bhagavan’s childhood. The Kalpa Vriksha is famous from Bhagavan’s life story. In His boyhood, Bhagvan used to display his miraculous powers to his playmates by asking these to think of any fruit, in or out of season, and the same would appear hanging off the branches of the tamarind tree. Thus the name ‘wish fulfilling tree’ was given.
How to Reach
The local domestic airport known as Sri Sathya Sai Airport is at a distance of 4 km.
Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station, 8 km away, links Puttaparthi with major cities of India.
Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses connect Puttaparthi with other cities in Andhra Pradesh.