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Puttaparthi is a town situated in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It was also the residence of the notable spiritual teacher Sathya Sai Baba.
This remote village on the banks of the Chitravathi River is bounded by the scorched and wobbly hills. Though this tiny village does not offer any of the splendorous vistas of nature, it has acclaimed as a much desired tourist place of religious significance after the establishment of Prasanthi Nilayam, in 1950.
The town's main attraction is Baba's Prasanthi Nilayam ashram, the presence of which has given a huge boost to the local economy, in the form of hotels, lodges, restaurants and shops which are largely frequented by visitors to Prasanthi Nilayam.
Puttaparthi, was earlier known as ‘Gollapalli’ and its historical importance revolves around the birth as well as life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. History has it that Satyanarayana Raju was born on 23rd of November, 1926, to a couple named Sri Pedda Venkappa and Srimati Eeswaramma.
Various childhood incidences (for example he was laughing after his birth, being accompanied by a snake in infancy and many such other), made people believe him to be a reincarnation of Shirdi’s Sai Baba. His extraordinary skills at a tender age made people follow him and he became a spiritual leader, an embodiment of peace, righteousness and non violence.
Places to be visited:
Sathya Sai Ashram (Prasanthi Nilayam):
The holy abode of Sathya Sai Baba is known as 'Prashanti Nilayam’, which literally means “the abode of peace". This ashram is a crowd puller through out the year and it symbolizes one among the best religious organizations in the world.
Chaitanya Jyoti Museum
An architectural splendor, which depicts the life of Sai Baba from his early childhood till date, Chaitanya Jyoti Museum at Puttaparthi was formally inaugurated on 18th November 2000. A unique museum, which visualizes the advent of Sai Baba through multimedia presentation techniques, describes all those incidents, which reveals the divinity of Sai Baba.
Anjaneya Swamy Temple:
Flanked by two pretty shrines, Anjaneya temple at the Gopuram road presents a serene and sacred ambiance to the longing souls. The entrance of the temple is marked by a fabulous Siva Lingam, which is brought by Sai Baba from Kasim. Most alluring part of this fabulous shrine is its sanctum where the deity is placed as if engraved on a cavern. Since Hanuman is known for his devotion towards Rama, this temple depicts A pool of water at the foot of the Deity reflects Hanuman’s devotion to his master Lord Ram. Devotees believe that this water in the pool symbolizes hanuman’s tears.
Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre
A Planetarium with a capacity of 200 people, The Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre aims to provide information about Astronomy, Physics, and Mathematics. A show on the space is conducted in every Thursday in English and Hindi. To simulate the night sky this planetarium uses Spitz Space System–512. A noble venture to edify the public on the marvels of astronomy, this might be the first of its kind, which is used for educational purpose.
Wish Fullfilling Tree:
Located at the slope of Obuladevara Gutta’hill, the Wish Fulfilling tree is a grand sentinel point over the Chitravathi river. One of the milestones in the life of Sai Baba, the place where the tree situates is frequently visited by large number of people. Access to this place starts from the Chitravathi road from where the steps to this holy spot starts.
One of the prime destinations in Puttaparthi, Sathyabhama temple houses Sathyabhama, the proud lover of Lord Krishna. A modern temple constructed by one among the devotees of Sai Baba, this temples depicts various images of Lord Krishna. The three feet high image of the main deity adorns the sanctum of the shrine. Daily poojas in accordance with rituals are held in a ceremonious way.
Sri Satya Sai Hill View Stadium
With towering statues of Hanuman, Krishna, Shiva, Buddha, Zoroaster and Christ, the stadium presents an imposing view. Bhagawan Baba addresses the mammoth gathering from the Shanthi Vedika on the southern end of the stadium on his birthday on 23rd of November every year. Among other events is the sports and cultural meet for the schools and colleges held on 11th of January every year. The stadium is not open to public except when in use.
Among other events is the sports and cultural meet for the schools and colleges held on 11th of January every year. The stadium is not open to public except when in use.
Places near by Puttaparthi:
Among the most famous pilgrim centres of South India, Lepakshi is located 124 km from Ananthapur. It is renowned for the Lord Veerabhadra Temple. Built in 1530 AD, it is famous for a huge 100-pillared dance hall, adorned with exquisite sculptures. One can see a life-size granite sculpture of Veerabhadra, a giant monolith of Nanandi as well as carvings of Naga linga, flying Gandharvas, Ganesha etc. Special pujas are conducted every Monday. The 10-day Asvayuja Masam Festival celebrated in February is when devotees from far and wide join in the celebrations.
Situated 60 km from Ananthapur, the imposing hill fort with seven bastions was built during the reign of the Vijayanagara rulers. Impressive sites here include the Summer Palace, the Gagan Mahal - a court built by the British and the Bhogasamudaram - a huge lake that was used as a public bathing place.
The best time to visit Tirupati is said to be June to March.If you want to be a part of the festivities and the special pujas then Bramhotsavam during September to October is said to be ideal. Otherwise, any time is the right time to visit the sacred place.
While visiting Tirupati, especially while visiting the temples, it is important to follow a few guidelines:
Puttaparthi has a tropical climate and the best time to visit the place is from September to February.
- Take extra care of your belongings
- Remember to dress appropriately
- No hard drinks
- No Non-vegetarian food
- Carrying mobile phones and cameras is not allowed inside the temple
- Wearing flowers is not allowed as it is only for the Lord
• Summers(March to June) are very hot with the maximum temperature scorching to 41°C and minimum is about 23°C. Due to the extreme temperature (April and May), the town becomes severely hot and it is difficult for tourists to roam around.
• Monsoons (July to October) are weak and the town receives very less rain fall. Post monsoon, cool breeze blow making the town very pleasant.
• Winters (November to February) are pleasant and the temperature ranges in 14°C to 31°C.
Summer months are very hot and are not ideal for travelling or tourist activities. The months from September to February has very pleasant weather and is perfect for sighting, outings and other tourist activities. The place receives less rainfall during monsoons and is suitable for short trips and visiting temples.
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