The significance of Puttaparthi rose to fame due to it being one of the major religious centers of ‘Satya Sai Baba’. The various temples and sociocultural centers in the town attracted a majority of the tourist population and pilgrims. The town houses a no. of religious sites and temples popularized by Satya Sai. The Chitravathi River is also referred as being the new Ganges and was used a cleansing spot for the pilgrims who visit here. One of the most distinctive places to visit here would be the Chaitanya Jyoti Museum which is a modern architectural marvel. The museum combines a mix of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Gothic style architecture into a single monument. The Satya Sai Space Theater and planetarium is also worth visiting. Here are some major places to visit in Puttaparthi:
• Sai Kulwant Hall
• Chaitanya Jyoti Museum
• Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre
• Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium
• Anjaneya Hanuman Swamy Temple
• Village Mosque
• Chitravathi River
Sai Kulwant Hall
Sai Kulwant Hall is a two-storied sanctum, which also stands as a symbol of religious tolerance. The balcony doors on the second floor display symbols of various faiths across the world. The ground floor houses a prayer hall.
Chaitanya Jyoti Museum
Chaitanya Jyoti Museum was thrown open in the year 2000. The museum houses collections of various artifacts that depict Sai Baba’s life since the time he was a child. The architecture used in the construction of the museum is amazing. It is a blend of Chinese, Thai and Japanese style of architecture and it is one of its kind in India. Gothic arches, Chinese roofs and a synthesis of various architectural styles make the museum unique. The Chinese roof seen here is the biggest of Chinese roofs in the world if you exclude China. The museum is constructed on the slope of a hill and it looks great viewed from every possible angle.
Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre
This planetarium was launched in the year 1985. The aim of Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre is to offer information on Astronomy, Mathematics and Physics. Planetarium shows are conducted every week and they are offered free of cost. The planetarium has updated technology and it helps to stimulate interest on the secrets of the sky.
Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium
The stadium bustles with activity when Sathya Sai Baba’s birthday is round the corner. Various sports events and cultural programs are conducted in the stadium in connection with the birthday celebrations of Sai Baba. Sai Baba used to address the gathering from the stadium’s podium.
Gopuram is the entry and exit point for Sai Baba to Sathya Sai Ashram. Sai Baba had used Gopuram to visit and return and now it is open for devotees to use during darshan timings. Gopuram stands proof of the architectural grandeur of South India. The structure was inaugurated in the year 1975 and the colorful Gopuram is a visual delight.
Anjaneya Hanuman Swamy Temple
This temple is situated at the Gopuram road. A marvelous Shiva Lingam adorns the entrance of the temple. Sai Baba had brought this Shiva Lingam from Kasim. The deity in the sanctum looks as if carved on a cavern. A pool of water at the deity’s foot is considered tears of Hanuman, which shows the depth of Hanuman’s devotion to Rama, the Lord.
Village Mosque was constructed in the year 1978. The reason for the construction of the mosque seems interesting. It is believed that certain untoward incidents occurred in the place and after the mosque was constructed on the land, such incidents did not occur. Moreover, it is believed that a plate with Islamic inscriptions was found on the site on which Village Mosque was constructed.
Chitravathi River is considered as new Ganges by the devotees of Sai Baba. The river gains the status of being sacred as Sai Baba used to bathe in the river. The banks of the river were where Sai Baba played many miracles.