Sathya Sai Baba Ashram

Sathya Sai Baba born as Sathyanarayana Raju, on 23 November 1926, is a popular Indian guru, spiritual figure and educator. He is described by his devotees as an avatar, godman, spiritual teacher and miracle worker. The apparent materializing of vibuthi (holy ash) and small objects such as rings, necklaces and watches by Sathya Sai Baba has been a source of both fame and controversy – skeptics consider these simple conjuring tricks, while devotees consider them evidence of divinity. Sathya Sai Baba has claimed to be the reincarnation of the great spiritual guru, Sai Baba of Shirdi, whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs. Sathya Sai Baba and his organizations support a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in India and abroad. The number of active Sathya Sai Baba adherents was estimated in 1999 to be around 6 million, although followers' estimations are far higher. Since there are no formal ties of membership, the actual figure may never be known. The Sathya Sai Organization reports that there are an estimated 1,200 Sathya Sai Baba Centers in 114 countries worldwide. In India itself, Sai Baba draws followers from predominantly upper-middle-class, urban sections of society who have the "most wealth, education and exposure to Western ideas." A cultural icon in his home country, Sai Baba has attracted presidents and prime ministers from India and beyond who have become his devotees; in 2002, he claimed to have followers in 178 countries.

Ashram Descriptions:

The main ashram of Shri Sathya Sai Baba is at Puttaparthy and it is known as Prasanthi Nilayam, meaning "The Abode of Supreme Peace" is the Ashram (spiritual resort) of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba near the village of Puttaparthi in the Anantapur District of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Sathya Sai Baba inaugurated the ashram on November 23, 1950, His 25th birthday. The ashram complex consists of beautiful temples, a kalpavriksha (wish-fulfilling tree) a meditation tree and a Darshan hall, where Sathya Sai Baba meets his devotees. There is also a post office, a public relations desk, a canteen and even a bakery within. Just a village a few years back, Puttaparthi has progressed to a developed town. Bhagawan Baba spends most of the year in Prasanthi Nilayam, and hence, this hallowed township is the destination for thousands of spiritual aspirants of varied cultures, faiths, races, languages and socio-economic strata from all over the world to behold His divine form and experience His pure love. Apart from the main ashram at Puttaparthi, there are two other Satya Sai Baba Ashrams also in India, namely : Brindavan : The Brindavan Ashram of Shri Satya Sai Baba is situated in Whitefield, on the outskirts of Bangalore. Kodai Kanal : The third ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba is at Kodai Kanal, a beautiful hill station in India.


How To Reach - Sathya Sai Baba Ashram By Road : The Prasanthi Nilayam bus terminal is located just opposite the Ashram. It has a fully computerised reservation counter of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC). [ Phone: (08555) 287210 ] The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) too runs bus services connecting Prasanthi Nilayam to Bangalore and Mangalore from this terminal. The KSRTC reservation counter is located in the building adjacent to the bus terminal towards the left. [ Phone: (08555) 288938 ]

How To Reach - Sathya Sai Baba Ashram By Train : The 'Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam' railway station is located 8 kilometres from the ashram. There is a computerised railway reservation counter in the bus terminal just outside the Ashram [ Phone: (08555) 287355 ].

How To Reach - Sathya Sai Baba Ashram By Air : The nearest major airport is the Bangalore airport located at about 120 kilometres from Prasanthi Nilayam.

Posted By : Vinod Jindal on Dec 16, 2010


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