|Puttaparathy Ashram Sightseeing|
|uttaparthi is a town situated in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, South India. It is also the residence of the notable spiritual teacher Sathya Sai Baba. The town's main attraction is the Baba's Prasanthi Nilayam ashram. Puttaparthi, once a sparsely populated village, has shot into national and international fame as the abode of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba.
The original name of Sai Baba is "Satyanarayana Raju". He was born on November 23, 1926 in Puttaparthi. He started showing unusual talents and purity and compassion from an early age. Baba's supernatural abilities caused some concern to his family, who took him to Vedic doctors. After being pronounced to be possessed by the divine rather than the diabolical, at the age of fourteen he announced that he was the new incarnation of Sai Baba, a saint from Shirdi in Maharashtra who died eight years before Satya was born. Number of devotees, from all over the world flock to this small town every year to have a glimpse of the Baba, and be touched by him.
His disciples have constructed an ashram name 'Prashanti Nilayam‘ ('the abode of peace’), which attracts large number of devotees throughout the year inaugurated in 1950. The ashram is a huge complex with room for thousands, with canteens, shops, a museum and library, and a vast assembly hall where Sai Baba gives 'darshan' twice daily. A considerable number of devotees turn out for his birthday celebrations in Puttaparthi, where he delivers a message to his devotees.