Prasanthinilayam, the abode of peace at Puttaparthi is famous worldwide as the home of Sri Satya Sai Baba.
All religions are respected here and all festivals celebrated. On 23rd November the birthday of Sri Satya Sai Baba, millions of his devotees gather to greet him and receive his blessings. Although Bhagwan Baba's programmes are unpredictable, he is generally present in Prashanthi Nilayam from early June to the middle of March. Summer months are spent in Brindavan, Whitefield in Bangalore as also in the hills of Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. Sometimes he also visits other citiesof India. Many festivals are conducted in Prashanthi Nilayam. It is always advisable to ascertain the presence ofBhagwan Baba before planning a visit
Climate: The climate is warm & dry almost throughout the year. Light rainfall occurs during the months of June - August and October - December. Climate is pleasant during December - January.
History of puttaparti
Places of interest in the Ashram
Prasanthi Mandir, The prayer hall was built in 1949. It is the centre of activity ofPrasanthi Nilayam. Omkar Suprabhatam at dawn, daily Bhajans and other spiritual activities are held in the hall.
This temple was built around the same period. The main Mandir and is located at the entrance ofPrasanthi Nilayam.
Situated to the south of Ganesh Mandir, was constructed in 1977.
Situated opposite to the "Seva Dal" block this temple was consecrated by Bhagwan Baba on 9th October1998. The five faced Goddess, Gayathri, the mother of the Vedas is the presiding deity here.
Sai Kulwant Hall
This is where the daily darshan takes place besides many other festivities. Divine discourses are delivered here. It has a seating capacity of about 20,000. On the northern side entrance to Sai Kulwant Hall, the exquisitely carved icons in white marble of Sri Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman were consecrated by Bhagwan on 30th September 1999.
Sarva Dharma Stupa
This 50 feet high pillar celebrating the unity of all religions is located on the south of Poorna Chandra Auditorium and was built in November 1975 on the occasion of the GoldenJubilee Celebrations and the World conference of the Sri Satya Sai Seva organisations held in Prasanthi Nilayam.
Poorna Chandra Auditorium
Built in 1973, it accomodates 15,000 people in the 60 X 40 meters area. With its imposing appearance and columnless structure, it has inspiring murals of God forms, Avatars, Saints and Seers from all religions and times. It is used for conducting cultural programmes, conferences and yagna during Dassera.
For the convenience of the local muslim population Bhagwan had a mosque and a hall constructed and opened in 1978. Where prayers are conducted regularly.
A museum on the Mission and Message of Sathya Sai Avtar was constructed to commemorate Bhagwan's 75th Birthday. On display are many exhibits about the life and Mission ofBhagwan arranged at 8 levels. The architecture represents a fusion of different cultures and architectural forms like Chinese roof, Gothic arches and Moorish domes.
The banyan tree planted by Bhagwan has also a metal plate with inscription done with Divine Sankalpa embedded by him at the roots in 1950. Located on the left of the road uphill to the Spiritual museum, it enhances the spiritual success of those who meditate under it. Devotees are allowed to meditate during the day time only.
Sri Sathya Sai Hill view Stadium
Located behind the Higher Secondary School, opposite the hill, towering with statues ofHanuman, Krishna, Siva, Buddha, Zoroaster and Christ, it gives an imposing view. Bhagwan Baba addresses the mammoth gathering from the Santhi Vedika (covered podium) on the southern end of the stadium on his birthday on 23rd November every year.Siva Mandir
The birth place of Bhagwan Baba is now adorned by a Siva Temple sanctified by Bhagwan in 1979. Puja is performed here everyday at dawn and dusk. Legends of his birth and childhood leelas can be visualised here.
Location and Development of prashanti nilayam
It is located on the top of a hillock on the southern side of the Ashram centered around the experience of spirituality in man's evolution. It displays fascinating artefacts to convey the eternal message of saints and sages of all religions of the world. Legends ofBhagwan's early life and his declaration of Avatarhood are emphasised in the displays. Sprawling over 20,000 sqft., it is designed to evoke the spiritual quest of man,
As you go into the village you can see the temples of Gopal Swami (Krishna as cowherd), Hanuman, and Satyabhama (consort of Krishna). There is also an old Mandir which is now used as a wedding hall.
Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital
Free medical facilities are provided at the hospital which has a Casualty department open all 24 hours. The Outpatient department functions in the mornings and evenings daily. The hospital also has Maternity & Dental departments. Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital located 7 kms from the ashram has excellent modern facilities to handle cases pertaining to Cardiology, Urology, Nephrology and Ophthalmology.
Sri Sathya Institute of Higher Learning
Established in 1981 and situated in the Vidyagiri adjacent to the Ashram this magnificent structure stands as the sentinel of the happy amalgamation of the secular & the spiritual. It is the foundation of the education system established by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Baba. The institute has been recognised by the University Grants Commission as a Deemed University. It conducts courses in under graduate & post graduate studies in Arts, Science and Professional subjects. Apart from the Institute of higher learning, there are both Primary and High Schools with hostel facilities. Free education is offerred it all these institutions.
As soon as you arrive at the Ashram you are requested to proceed to the Accommodation Office. Devotees are allotted accommodation according to the availability in rooms, halls or dormitories. Foreigners are expected to proceed on arrival to the office of overseas Registration & Accommodation to complete various formalities & then proceed to the accommodation counters.