Puttaparthi, the abode of Sathya Sai Baba
, is about 29 km from Penukonda
and 125 km northeast of Bangalore
, on the banks of the Chitravathi River, in Anantapur District
of Andhra Pradesh
. Sathya Sai Baba was born here in 1926. Puttaparthi shot to international fame since the inauguration of his present
, Prasanthi Nilayam
, in 1950.
Puttaparthi Township has several facilities including a Super Specialty Hospital, Airport, Railway Station, a dairy called Gokulam, Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium, planetarium and religious and educational institutions. The Puttaparthi Airport is located 1 km from the Super Specialty Hospital and 6 km from the ashram. The airport was built in 1990 as preparation for Swami’s 70th birthday when over 3 million devotees visited the ashram from all over India and worldwide.