Location: Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh
Main Attractions: Satyabhama Temple, Hanuman Temple and Sri Satya Sai Baba Ashram
Best Time to Visit: July to March
Temperature: Summer: 32?C to 45?C, Winters: 17?C to 27?C
The birth place of Sri Satya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a highly revered pilgrimage centre of Hindus. It is a small village where Sri Satya Sai Baba was born. Sai Baba preached the principles of truth, peace, righteousness, love and non-violence. He is believed to be the incarnation of Sai Baba, the holy saint from Shirdi. Devotees from all over the world come here to take the blessings of Sai Baba.
This village has deep cultural and religious roots. The Chitravathi River in the village adds more charm to it. The major attraction of Puttaparthi is Prasanthi Nilayam, an ashram of Satya Sai Baba which was established in 1950. The most striking feature of the ashram is the museum which showcases wonderful models of different types of temple structures such as the Golden Temple of Amritsar and the Mecca mosque. Here you can also see the life history of the saint through pictures, starting from his birth to the time when he attained enlightenment. The museum also displays the principles of the major religions in the form of quotations. The museum also houses planetarium, school, hospital, recreation centre, guest houses, canteens, shops, library, and assembly hall.
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Being a famous tourist place, the village offers ashram and guest houses for accommodation.
How to Reach Puttaparthi
By Air: Sri Satya Sai domestic Airport (4 km) in the town connects to cities like Mumbai and Chennai with bi-weekly flights.
By Rail: Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station connects the town with the major cities of India such as Hyderabad, Vishakhapattanam, Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai and New Delhi. The station is 8 km from the ashram. Another nearest railway station is Dharmavaram (45 km).
By Road: Puttaparthi is easily accessible by road. Ananthapur (84 km), Hyderabad (472 km) and Bangalore (156 km) are well-connected to the town by APSRTC buses.
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