Beginnings

Puttaparthi

With the Chitravathi River descending the gorges

And flowing as a moat on one side

Set like a green gem in a ring of hills,

With temple bells pealing on the eminences around,

Enriched by the tank built by Chikkaraya

Ajacent to the town that bears the name of Bukka

The far-famed Emperor of Vijayanagara,

Puttaparthi is the abode of both Lakshmi and Saraswathi

– Old Village Song

It was here, that a new awakening was about to take place. It was here that humanity would be afforded a new beginning…

Prasanthi Nilayam, ˜The Abode of Supreme Peace, is the Ashram (spiritual resort) of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba near the village of Puttaparthi in the Anantapur District of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Nestled amongst a chain of hills and with the river Chitravathi flowing towards its east, this valley houses the Mandir (shrine), residential complexes for devotees, the headquarters of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization and the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.

Bhagawan Baba spends most of the year in Prasanthi Nilayam, and hence, this hallowed township is the destination for thousands of spiritual aspirants of varied cultures, faiths, races, languages and socio-economic strata from all over the world to behold His divine form and experience His pure love.

Prasanthi Nilayam is located in the Anantapur District of the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India.

Height above sea level 800 meters (2624 feet)

Latitude 14° North

Longitude 78°1 East

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