Seek divinity and you’ll not be denied. Seek peace and you are promised a lifetime of bliss.
There will be a moment in your lifetime when you see something or experience a rare emotion and you are, for an instant, touched and in some way transformed. You’ll be a changed person.
Welcome to Puttaparthi, the abode of peace. This is the home of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba, India’s most revered spiritual master of modern times. His home (the ashram) is known as ‘Prashanti Nilayam’, the abode of peace. One of the most important pilgrim centres of India, the ashram lives up to its name, spend moments here and you will be filled with a sense of peace and calm.
You don’t have to be an ardent follower of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba to be here and enjoy the tranquility that this place offers. All you have to have is faith in truth and this holy land will lead you to a world, you never knew existed.
(1) Thimmamma Marrimanu:
Located about 35 km from Kadiri, and 100 km from Anantapur, it is famous for a banyan tree, which is locally called as “Thimmamma Marrimanu”. It is regarded as the biggest of its kind in South India. It’s branches spread over nearly 5 acres, named after ‘Thimmamma’ who was considered to be the representative of the Almighty. A small temple dedicated to Thimmamma lies under the tree.
The banyan tree is believed to have sprouted at the place where Thimmamma ascended the funeral pyre, when she committed ‘Sati’. The people of this area strongly believe that if a childless couple worship “Thimmamma” they will have a child the very next year. A big ‘Jatara’ is conducted here on the day of “Shivaratri” when thousands of people flock here to worship ‘Thimmamma’ on this occasion. To add to the the pride of India, the “Marrimanu” was recorded as the biggest tree in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989.
Penukonda is a small town in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. In the ancient times, it used to serve as the second capital to the Vijayanagar kings. The Penukonda Fort that is here, is a colossal structure, whose each and every stone boasts of the royalty of the erstwhile era.
Gooty is a small town, known for one of the oldest forts of Andhra Pradesh. At a distance of 52 km from Anantapur city, the fort is a prime attraction for tourists. Above the plains in Gooty, the impregnable fort is perched at a height of 300 meters, amidst hills.