Have you heard about Sathya Sai Baba who was a spiritual leader and a philanthropist? He was considered as the incarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi who died in the year 1918. His real name was Sathyanarayana Raju who was born in the year 1926 in Puttaparthi now in Andhra Pradesh. He died at the age of 84 (on 24 April 2011). There is a connection between Sathya Sai Baba and Prasanthi Nilayam, let us have a look at it.
There are many Ashrams in india where the followers of Sathya Sai Baba gather and offer their prays. Prasanthi Nilayam is the most important among such Ashrams which is situated in Puttaparthi, a village where he was born, in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. One of the unique features of this ashram is that it is located at a height of 2624 ft above sea level. This is a beautiful township which is famous for its spirit and calmness. Prasanthi Nilayam means “Abode of the highest peace”. Sathya Sai Baba used to spend most of his time with his followers visiting the Prasanthi Nilayam.
Now let us go through the history of this place, it is believed that sathya sai baba at a small age had made a prediction to one of his followers that the village of Puttaparthi will be famous for its peacefulness and many people from different parts of india will be reaching this place in order to make a glimpse at Sai Baba. As he became famous throughput India people started visiting himand later in the year 1944 a small mandir was built for the well being of his followers which is now commonly known as the Old mandir. On the 24th birthday of Sai Baba (on 23 november 1950) the Prasanthi Nilayam was started. The design and construction of this great ashram was under the direct control of Sathya Sai Baba. You could find that the mainly three colours are used for the painting purpose that is pink, blue and yellow. These colours represented different ideologies like pink represented heart or love, blue represented spirit and yellow represented intellect.
This place provides all the facilities which satisfy the visitor’s needs. There is a hospital in this township which was started in the year 1957. There is an auditorium which is used to conduct conferences and cultural programme which is named as Poorna Chandra Auditorium, which is having an area of 2400 metre2 area and which would accommodate around 15000 people at a time. There is a 50 ft high pillar known as the Sarva Dharma Stupa which stands for the unity of all the religion. Sathya Sai Baba used to meet his followers at a hall known as the Sai Kulwant hall which can hold around 20000 people at a time. The Sai Kulwant hall is situated in between Yajur Mandir and Prasanthi mandir. The yajur mandir was was the residence of Sathya Sai Baba. There are so many other other buildings in the Prasanthi Nilayam which include the Gayathri Mandir, Subramanya Mandir, Museums, Ganesha mandir, an administrative building, south and north Indian canteens, and a western canteen. There are two museums in the township, the chaithanya jyothi museum, which is a museum of world religions, and the Eternal Heritage Museum. Many educational institutions are present in the Prasanthi Nilayam like the Sathya Sai Music College and Sathya Sai Institute of Higher learning. State bank of India had opened one of its branches inside the prasanthi nilayam which would help the people of that area and those who make a visit to this place.
People who ever plans to make a visit to Andhra Pradesh should not miss a chance to visit this place as it provides a peaceful atmosphere. The climatic condition of this area is dry and hot all through the year and the temperature range varies from 20 to 40 degree centigrade (including the temperatures of both summer and winter).