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Prasanthi Nilayam

Where is Prasanthi Nilayam

The tiny township of Prasanthi Nilayam is located in the village of Puttaparthi, the hamlet where Bhagavan Baba was born. This area is part of the Anantapur district in the state of Andhra Pradesh, in South India.

This abode of Supreme Peace is Sai Baba's Ashram (spiritual centre). It was built by his devotees in the neighbourhood and was inaugurated on 23 November 1950.

A second ashram is located in Whitefield, called Brindavan.

Today, the village of Puttaparthi is no longer a rural setting. It has emerged as the centre for spiritually-driven secular learning, with hospitals combining holistic healing with cutting-edge technology, and is well-connected through road, rail and air.

It has grown into a spiritual oasis of unprecedented magnitude, encompassing a beautiful area that is over 10,000 square yards. It attracts thousands of spiritual seekers from virtually every corner of the globe. Its draw lies in its power to nourish the soul and calm the mind. It offers solace and inspiration to all who aspire for Peace. It has been the gathering place for millions of spiritual pilgrims of various faiths from all over the world.

Every day for over 60 years, Sai Baba graciously interacted with his followers in these ashrams daily to guide, comfort, console, and uplift them. Nevertheless, his true interaction with all people is on a heart-to-heart basis. There are no intermediaries between himself and those who yearn for knowledge and experience of God.

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Highlights and Institutions in Prasanthi Nilayam

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed to be University)

The Administrative Office of the Sri Sathya Sai University sits majestically atop a hill of a serene valley. This unique institution, which combines the best of India’s ancient system of value education along with the instruction of specialized branches of secular learning, offers a number of undergraduate, post graduate and professional courses, all completely free of charge. It has four campuses at Prasanthi Nilayam, Anantapur & Brindavan (Bangalore).

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences

Just five kilometers away from Prasanthi Nilayam, stands the grand edifice of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Medical Sciences, which offers world-class tertiary care, completely free of charge to all, especially to the needy and downtrodden.
There is a similar sister institution in Whitefield, Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka.

Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

Apart from the free University and the charitable hospitals, all the other service projects like the mammoth Sri Sathya Sai Drinking Water Projects, Sri Sathya Sai Orissa Flood Rehabilitation Project, Sri Sathya Sai Deena Janodharana Pathakam (boys’ orphanage) and many others are undertaken by the entirely charitable Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust which has its main office in Prasanthi Nilayam.

Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation

The spiritual headquarters of the worldwide Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations established worldwide are housed in this hamlet. Since its inception in the early 1960s, this voluntary organisation, has been engaged in the spiritual advancement of humanity through the principle and practice of selfless love and service, without any distinction of religion, nationality, race, and socio-economic status, either for those who work in this organisation or for those who are served by them.

Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust

This is an umbrella organisation which has four divisions.
The Media Division and Publications Division are engaged in disseminating the message of Bhagavan Baba, the former mainly through Radio Sai, Heart2Heart, Video Documentaries and Television programmes, and the latter by publishing Sai literature, as well as audio and video products.
The Bhaktha Sahayak Division and the Eswaramma Women’s Welfare Division cater to the physical needs of the devotees by offering subsidized food (in the many canteens inside the township), and other articles of need in the Shopping Complex and snack joints.

Key Places of Interest

Sai Kulwant Hall

This is the grand venue where a mass of humanity congregates everyday to participate in prayers and worship. Most of the cultural and spiritual festivals that fill the calendar of Prasanthi Nilayam are celebrated in this massive convention hall.

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum

This is a museum, exquisite in its architecture and elegant in its presentation, which narrates the story of the life and mission of Bhagavan Baba through creative multimedia and fascinating models.
Entry is free for all and it is open from 9:00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. on all days of the week, except Mondays.

Sanathana Sanskruti Museum

Literally, it means "The Eternal Heritage" and this is another museum which eloquently exhibits the principle of ‘Unity of all Faiths’, which is one of the cornerstones of Bhagavan Baba’s message. This too is free and open on all week days, without exception, from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.

Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre

Inaugurated by Bhagavan Baba in 1985, this is a planetarium which educates not only the students of Sri Sathya Sai University but also the visitors on the wonders of astronomy. Every Thursday, there is a free show for the general public in English and Hindi. Free passes are issued at the South Indian Canteen Coupon Counter every Wednesday from 10.00 a.m. onwards on a first-come-first-served basis.