Puttaparthi

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Puttaparthi
పుట్టపర్తి
Village
Prashanti Nilayam and surrounding area
Prashanti Nilayam and surrounding area
Puttaparthi is located in Andhra Pradesh
Puttaparthi
Puttaparthi
Coordinates: 14°09′58″N 77°48′40″E / 14.166°N 77.811°E / 14.166; 77.811Coordinates: 14°09′58″N 77°48′40″E / 14.166°N 77.811°E / 14.166; 77.811
Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
District Anantapur
Elevation 475 m (1,558 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 15,088
Languages
 • Official Telugu
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 515 xxx
Telephone code 91-8555
Vehicle registration AP–02
Website Puttaparthi website

Puttaparthi is a town in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The original name of Puttaparthi was Gollapalli. The place is popularly known by the world at large as the birthplace of Sri Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Demographics[edit]

The common languages spoken in Puttaparthi are Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, English and Hindi.[2]

Climate[edit]

The climate is generally hot and dry throughout the year,[2] summer temperatures ranging from 34 °C-42 °C, (93F-108F) and winter 22 °C-27 °C (71F-80F).[3] The hotter months are from March until July and the milder months are from November until January.[2]

"The southwest monsoons play a major role in determining the climate. The northeast monsoons are responsible for about one-third of the total rainfall. Some rainfall may be expected during the months of July and August and again from October to December."[3]

Puttaparthi is 475 meters (1558 feet) above sea level.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Entrance to Puttaparthi

Road[edit]

Puttaparthi is well connected by road to all parts of Anantapur district, the district headquarters Anantapur (84 kilometres (52 mi)), the state capital Hyderabad, Telangana (441 kilometres (274 mi)), Bangalore (154 kilometres (96 mi)) and Chennai (375 kilometres (233 mi)), by state-run APSRTC buses. KSRTC buses also ply from Bangalore.

Rail[edit]

Platform No.1 of Prashanti Nilayam Railway Station

Puttaparthi has a railway station named as Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam which started functioning from 23 November 2000, which was Baba's 75th birth anniversary. It is about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the ashram. This station falls under the Bangalore Division of the South Western Railway and lies on the Bangalore-Guntakal railway line. It is easy to reach the town from the railway station in 20-25 mins, through various modes of transport like cabs, autorickshaws and APSRTC buses. The town is connected directly by train to Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata.[5]

Air[edit]

Puttaparthi has an airport which is 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the ashram.[6] It is owned by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and is spread over 450 acres (1.8 km2) of land, housing a runway that is 2,230 metres long.[7] The airport is closed to normal domestic flights, though until 2005, it was served by the erstwhile Indian Airlines with flights from Mumbai and Chennai.[8]

The nearest functional airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at Devanahalli, a suburb of Bangalore which is about 119 kilometres (74 mi) from Puttaparthi.

Other attractions[edit]

Entrance to Prashanti Nilayam ashram from main road

Apart from the main Ashram, Puttaparthi has other places of interest like a Hanuman temple, a village mosque and Sathyabhama temple. Sathyabhama is well known locally as 'Sathyamma' and the temple was built by Late Kondama Raju, grandfather of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.[9]

Business decline[edit]

The main attraction at Puttaparthi remained Sathya Sai Baba who gave darshan to his devotees. The samadhi of the guru on 24 April 2011 led to decline of business.[10]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census 2011". The Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/AshramInfo/prasanthi_intro.htm
  3. ^ a b http://www.sathyasai.org/ashrams/prasanthi/climate.html
  4. ^ http://worldaerodata.com/wad.cgi?id=IN99808&sch=VOPN
  5. ^ "Sri Sathya Sai Prashanti Nilayam/SSPN to Kolkata Howrah/HWH". India Rail Info. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Ramanathan, S. Kalyana (31 October 2007). "Sri Sathya Sai Baba's airport up for sale". Business Standard. Retrieved 28 November 2007. [dead link]
  7. ^ Ramanathan, S. Kalyana (31 October 2007). "Sai Baba's airport up for sale". Rediff. Retrieved 28 November 2007. 
  8. ^ Travel to Sai Baba Ashram at Prashanti Nilayam - Puttaparthi
  9. ^ http://www.theprasanthireporter.org/places-of-interest/
  10. ^ A God Is Dead, but It’s Business That May Suffer Most by Jim Yardley for The New York Times, 24 May 2011, retrieved 8 January 2012

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