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Puttaparthi Travel Guide
Puttaparthi is located south-west of Andhra Pradesh, at a distance of 400 Km from Hyderabad. Surrounded by the arid and rocky hills of Karnataka, Puttaparthi is a small village in Ananthapur district.
Sathya Sai Baba Mandir is the main reason for Puttaparthi's fame. Millions of people consider Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as a living God. Not only famous in the country but the Sathya Sai Baba temple is one of the most popular religious destinations in the world. People around the world visit Puttaparthi, to just get a glimpse of Sathya Sai Baba. 'Satyanarayana Raju' is the real name of Sai Baba and he was born on November 23, 1926, at Puttaparthi.
Sai Baba started to show unusual talents at a very young age. His mission in life was to spread purity and compassion among the people. An ashram called as 'Prasanthi Nilayam' which means 'the abode of peace' has been built by the disciples of Sai Baba. The ashram was inaugurated in 1950. A lot of devotees visit this place all through the year. A large complex with thousands of rooms, canteens, shops, a museum and library together form the Ashram. The complex also houses a big assembly hall, where Sai Baba comes out twice in a day.
Places to See
The Museum: This museum is situated on a nearby hillock and has a fascinating collection of models of famous temples. The models even include the very well known Golden temple of Amritsar and the popular Mecca mosque. The museum also houses a depiction of the life story of Satya Sai Baba beginning from his birth to the time when he attained 'Nirvana' (inner peace). The museum is open from 10 in the morning 12 in the afternoon everyday.
Prasanthi Mandir: This temple which was built in 1949, is the centre of Prasanthi Nilayam (hall of peace). It is a very sacred prayer hall in which morning prayers called 'Omkara Suprabhatam' and evening hymns called 'Bhajans' are sung by the devotees.
Ganesh Mandir: Ganesh Mandir is a Temple dedicated to lord 'Ganesha'. It is located at the entrance of Prasanthi Nilayam.
Subramanya Mandir: This Temple was built in 1977 and is dedicated to Lord Subramanya. This Temple is situated to the south of Ganesh Mandir.
Gayathri Mandir: This Temple is located just opposite to the 'Seva Dal' block which serves as a landmark to this place. It is dedicated to the Goddess Gayathri, who has five faces and she is also known as the mother of the Vedas.
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Bangalore (250 Km) and Tirupati (300 Km) are nearest airports from which International flights ply regularly. One has to take the road journey from one of these cities.
Nearest Railhead: Dharmavaram is the nearest railway station at 30 Km, which is well connected to Puttaparthi by bus. Bangalore and Hyderabad are well connected by trains to Dharmavaram.
Road: Buses are available from almost every city nearby. Dharmavaram being the nearest town is well connected by buses with the rest of the cities in the state. Bangalore also serves as a major junction.
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