Pilgrimage places in INDIA
Puttaparthy Sai Baba
Puttaparthi is a small dusty village located in Anantapur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. It has now attained international as well as national fame because of the glory of Bhagvan Shri Sathya Sai Baba. In Puttaparthy, Sai Baba Ashram was built by his ardent devotees and is called as "Prashanti Nilayam", which means abode of peace. It is one of the most popular pilgrimages in India and devotees from all over the world come to this sleepy little village to seek the blessings of the great Sai Baba. Once a tiny unheard hamlet in India, Puttaparthi now has an airport and a super specialty hospital among famous educational institutions.
Everyday thousands of devotees come to Prashanti Nilayam to seek the blessings of Sai Baba. A specially trained staff sings hymns in the praise of Sai Baba and then he gives a religious discourse. His teachings are based on the principles that make the very foundation of life. These are truth, righteousness, peace, universal love and non-violence. The ashram has educational institutions, museums, space centers, etc. Every year on the 23rd of November, Prashanti Nilayam is decorated beautifully as it is the birthday of Sai Baba.
A trip to south India is literally incomplete without visiting the Sai Baba ashram of Puttaparthi. There are many interesting places in Puttaparthi that should be visited like Satyabhama Temple, Shiva Temple where Sai Baba was born, Chitravati River, "Kalpavruksha" or the wish fulfilling tamarind tree from which Baba miraculously produced exotic fruits, Sathya Sai super specialty hospital, etc.
How to reach Puttaparthy Sai Baba
Sri Satya Sai Airport is the local airport of the town. Located at a distance of 4 kms from the Ashram, the airdrome has biweekly flight from Mumbai and Chennai. It remains in operation till the time Baba resides at Prasanthi Nilayam. From the airport, a coach is available to reach the Ashram.
Reaching Puttaparthi by rail is simple, since Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station connects the town with the major cities of India, including Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bubhaneshwar, Mumbai and New Delhi. This station is just 8 km from the ashram. Apart from this, Dharmavaram is the nearest major railway station (45 km), which to connected to almost every part of India. It is connected to Puttaparthi by regular bus services of APSRTC.
Traveling by road is one of the most convenient modes to reach Puttaparthy. Ananthapur (84 km), Hyderabad (472 km) and Bangalore (156 km) are well-connected to the town by APSRTC buses. From Bangalore, it just takes 3 hours, while from Chennai it takes one night to reach the pilgrim place. One can hire a taxi from the proximate part of the state or neighboring states to ensure a comfortable journey.
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