Located in the southwest corner of Andhra Pradesh on the border of Karnataka, Puttaparthi is where the main ashram of Shri Sathya xe “Sai Baba” Sai Baba is located. Sai Baba (born Satyanarayana Raju) was born here on November 23, 1926. At the age of 14 he stated that he was an incarnation of Sai Baba, a famous saint from Shirdi in Maharashtra, who had died eight years before Satya Sai Baba was born.
The ashram was established in 1950 and now fifty years later, Sai Baba has millions of followers, including a large following of western devotees. He produces vibhuti, sacred ash, which is said to have curative powers.
The ashram is a very large, peaceful place and can facilitate many thousands of people. Sai Baba stays here most of the time (July to March). He also goes to Whitefields Ashram, near Bangalore and sometimes to Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu during the summer season. A major event here is the birthday of Sai Baba, when he addresses the assembled devotees. Hundreds of thousands of people come for the event.
There is a museum (daily 10 am to noon), with an exhibit on the major religions of the world. There are verses from different sacred books, with comments by Sai Baba.