Puttaparthi, a small town of the Anatapur district of Andhra Pradesh has become a renowned pilgrim hub for being the holy abode of the spiritual guru Satya Sai Baba. The town is on the banks of the River Chitravathi and perched at a height of 475 meters. The history of Puttaparthi revolves around the birth and life of Sri Satya Sai Baba. Formerly Puttaparthi was a small farming village known as Gollapalli, which means the home of cowherds. Satyanarayan Raju was born on 23rd November 1926 to a couple named Sri Pedda Venkappa and Srimati Eeshwaramma. Due to several incidences, which reflected his miraculous powers people believed him to be a reincarnation of Shirdi’s Sai Baba and he was called Satya Sai Baba. Owing to this people started following him, and he came to be believed as a spiritual leader. His teachings have received worldwide acclamation, and his teachings are rooted on the principles of peace, truth, love, righteousness and non-violence.
A Village Turned World-class Town
In 1950, the Prasanthi Nilayam was established, and the establishment of this Ashram turned this village into a world-class town. It houses all the facilities such as airport, railway station, super speciality hospital and a large number of educational institutions.
Other close by attractions include the a village mosque, Hanuman temple, and Satyabhama temple, which was built by Satya Sai Baba’s grandfather, Late Kondama Raju. Another Satyabhama temple was recently constructed on the Bangalore route by Satya Sai Baba’s elder brother Seshama Raju. Other than that there is the Shiva temple which was constructed on the site on which Satya Sai Baba was born. Another prominent place is the Wishing tree on the banks of the river Chitravathi. The meditation tree located on a hillock towards the university has also gained prominence. The educational and cultural institutions have also emerged as important places in the recent times. One can also witness the Indian village scene by hiring an auto and taking a tour of the villages surrounding the small town. Connectivity and Weather
Travelling to Puttaparthi has become a cake walk thanks to the establishment of the Ashram. The town today has a domestic airport called the Sri Satya Sai Airport, placed at a 4 km away from the Ashram. The airport is well-connected to major cities such as Chennai and Mumbai. The Bangalore International airport is the closest airport and is situated 131 km away from Puttaparthi.
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The best part of the year to visit Puttaparthi is from September to February. The summer months from March to June are extremely hot and uncomfortable. The place is a perfect destination for people who seek inner peace and want to get in touch with spirituality and religion.