The holy adobe of the notable spiritual teacher, Sathya Sai Baba, Puttaparthi is a town located in the Anantapur district of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Perched at a height of 800 metres above sea level, the town is situated on the banks of the River Chitravathi. Puttaparthi is an edifice of contemporary Indian religion. The place has also acquired global acclamation as a centre of religious importance and excellence.
Formerly known as Gollapalli, Puttaparthi has its historical importance revolving around the birth as well as life of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The history of the destination is believed to commence on November 23, 1926, when Satyanarayana Raju was born. Until this time, it was a village set in a narrow farming valley, which was home of cowherds.
Raju was the fourth child of Sri Pedda Venkappa and Srimati Eeswaramma. There are several incidences that are attached to him, which led people to believe him to be a reincarnation of Shirdi's Sai Baba.
According to one of the incidences, a snake apparently appeared and shielded him. In addition, at the time of the incident, all the musical instruments in the house started playing on their own.
Perturbed by Rajus extraordinary and strange behaviour, his parents took him to a local doctor, where he went under several painful bodily procedures. This was done to drive the evil spirits residing in him, however nothing changed even after that. On May 28, 1940, when he was 13 years old, he materialised some flowers and sweets, which were distributed among his family members.
Another incident occurred on October 20, 1940, when he threw away all his schoolbooks, left the house and seated himself on a rock. Not only this, he started chanting the well known Sai Bhajan, manasa bhajare guru charanam dustara bhava sagara charanam.
When this incident happened, a local photographer captured this moment with his camera. However, the photographer was shocked to the see the picture of Shirdi Sai Baba in place of Satyanarayana Raju.
Owing to all these incidences along with his extraordinary skills, people started following him and he acquired the status of a spiritual leader. At present, he is known for his ideologies as well as a lover of all religion. The best time to visit this holy abode is from October to March as the weather is suitable.