Prasanthi Nilayam means 'the abode of highest peace'. It is the main ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, located near the village of Puttaparthi amidst rolling hills, with the river Chitravathi to its east. The valley houses the divine sannidhi (sanctum) of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Sai Kulwant Hall, bhajan mandir, residential complexes, the headquarters of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, its allied institutions and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba spent 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 presence and experience His pure love.
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The Divine Love of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba attracts people from far and wide to Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of supreme peace located in the small village of Puttaparthi. What was once a small hamlet, has now become an internationally known spiritual centre. The ashram Prasanthi Nilayam (Abode of Supreme Peace) is situated in Puttaparthi in the Sri Sathya Sai District of Andhra Pradesh State in South India. It is 150 kilometres (about 90 miles) north east of Bangalore, about 85 km from Anantapur, 30 km from Penukonda, 40 km from Dharmavaram and 450 km from Hyderabad.
Puttaparthi is well-connected to all the major cities in the southern part of India. The holy town has its own airport, railway station and bus stands. Getting to Puttaparthi from any other city in Andhra Pradesh is easy, since a network of good roads connects it with other parts of the country.
A taxi from Bangalore to Prasanthi Nilayam takes around 2.5 to 3 hours and the fare varies from time to time. To make arrangements for a taxi from Prasanthi Nilayam to Bangalore, contact one of the taxi operators and travel agents that have offices outside the ashram. The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation operates buses to and from Puttaparthi to many cities / towns.
Reaching Prasanthi Nilayam by train is simple, since Sri Satya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam railway station connects the town with the major cities of India, including Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. This station is 8 km from the ashram. It is connected to Puttaparthi by regular bus services of APSRTC. There are many daily trains passing via Prasanthi Nilayam (Station Name: Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam; Station code: SSPN on the IRCTC website ). There are many other trains passing via Dharmavaram Railway Station (station code: DMM on the IRCTC website) which is about 40 KM from Prasanthi Nilayam. You can also reach Dharmavaram by train and travel to Prasanthi Nilayam by road.
The nearest airport to Prasanthi Nilayam is the Bengaluru International Airport. It is situated about 130 km (80 miles) from Prasanthi Nilayam.There are flights to and from Bengaluru airport to many cities within India and other countries. To reach Prasanthi Nilayam one may fly to Bangalore (either directly or from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad etc). Then take a taxi or bus. The airport is situated about 30 kilometres north of Bangalore, between Bangalore and Puttaparthi. A taxi from the Bangalore airport to Prasanthi Nilayam takes 2.5 to 3 hours and the charges vary from time to time. You can ask your travel agent to reserve a taxi ahead of time. However, it is possible to get a taxi at the airport itself --there are lots of taxi drivers waiting there.