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  Travel:

  • Airlines
  • Railways
  • Bus
  • Taxis

  Accommodation

  • For Indian Citizens
  • For Non-Resident Indians
  • For Foreign Citizens

  Food:

  • South Indian Canteen
  • North Indian Canteen
  • Western Canteen
  • Snacks Joint
  • Bakery

  Medical Care:

  • General Hospital
  • Super Specialty Hospital

Convenience Stores:

  • Shopping Centre
  • Fruits and Vegetables

Publications on Bhagawan:

  • Books / Photo/ Audio / Video Stall
  • Library
  • Ashram Magazine
    (Sanathana Sarathi)
  • Radio Sai

   Banking Services
  (Foreign currency   conversion, ATM)

  
   

Daily Schedule (at Sai Kulwant Hall)
Bhagawan has laid down the daily schedule to be followed in the Ashram. Every activity of the Ashram routine is suffused with deep spiritual significance. See the table below for the Ashram schedule:

Time Activity
  05.10 a.m.   Aumkar, Meditation and Suprabhatham
05.40 a.m. Veda Chanting and Nagar Sankeertan (Circumambulating the Mandir)
  06.30 a.m. - 07.30 a.m.   Pooja inside the Bhajan Hall (Entry for Devotees will start at 06.25 a.m.)
  8.00 a.m. -  9.00 a.m.   Veda Chanting
  9.00 a.m. -  9.30 a.m.   Bhajans
  9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.   Darshan of Bhagawan’s Mahasamadhi and Prayer Hall
   
  4.30 p.m. -  5.15 p.m.   Veda Chanting
  5.15 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.   Bhajans
  6.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.   Darshan of Bhagawan’s Mahasamadhi
  6.30 p.m. -  6.40 p.m   Meditation for Overseas Devotees in Prayer Hall

 

Kindly Note:

  • Ladies and gents are seated separately in the hall with separate entrances for ladies and gents.
  • Devotees are generally allowed to be seated inside the Sai Kulwant Hall around 7.45 a.m. for the morning session and around 4.15 p.m. for the afternoon session.
  • The prayer sessions and darshan are open to all. There is no restriction on any basis whatsoever, be it religion, region, status, caste, etc.
  • There is no amount collected from anybody for Darshan.
  • Devotees are not permitted to carry along with them articles like books, bags, purses, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic goods etc.  into the Darshan Hall during Darshan time. Devotees may however bring their Veda books to the hall.

Small articles such as cell phones, can be kept in the cloak room located close to the entrance to the hall.

Aumkar: Aumkar is the chanting of ‘Aum’, the primordial sound, also called the ‘Pranava’. The vibrations that emanate from chanting ‘Aum’ have the potency to purify the inner personality of an individual as well as the surrounding environment. That is why the day at Prasanthi Nilayam begins with the chanting of 21 Aumkars.

Suprabhatham: ‘Su’ signifies good, auspicious and ‘Prabhath’ means morning. ‘Suprabhatham’ refers to the morning prayers that are chanted in praise of the Lord to awaken the divinity present within each individual. It is the act of dedicating oneself to the Lord and praying for His blessings right at the start of a new day. For the text and MP3 audio of the prayer, click here.

Veda Chanting: Vedas are ancient spiritual scriptures revealed to great sages and seers while in communion with God. Chanting or listening to these hymns confers spiritual as well as physical benefits. That is why Bhagawan gives a lot of importance to Vedas and encourages everybody to chant these hymns and understand their meaning. The students of Bhagawan chant these hymns in the early hours of the morning while circumambulating the mandir complex, and also during Darshan hours in the morning and afternoon sessions in the mandir.

Nagar Sankeertan: ‘Nagar’ means city or locality and ‘Sankeertan’ means devotional singing. After Suprabhatam, devotees circumambulate the mandir complex while singing devotional songs and clapping their hands keeping beat. It charges the atmosphere with holy vibrations and one begins the day with the name of the Lord on one’s lips.

Bhajans: Bhajans means “Singing aloud the glory of God”. Bhajans in the divine presence of Bhagawan Baba are unique as they are universal in their scope and appeal and emphasise the unity of faiths. For Bhajans MP3, click here.

Arati: ‘Arati’ is the ritual of waving lighted camphor to the deity to mark the culmination of worship. During Arati, devotees sing a devotional song in praise of the Lord and end with a prayer for universal peace. Arati MP3, click here.

Travel

Prasanthi Nilayam Township is adjacent to the village of Puttaparthi, in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, South India (Latitude 14° North, Longitude 78°1 East). It is well-connected by road, rail and air. Bangalore is the nearest metro at about 120 kilometres from the Ashram.

Road

A number of bus services connect Prasanthi Nilayam to cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Tirupati.

The Prasanthi Nilayam bus terminal is located just opposite the Ashram. It has a fully computerised reservation counter of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC: http://www.apsrtconline.in/). [ Phone: (08555) 287210 ]

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC: http://ksrtc.in) too runs bus services connecting Prasanthi Nilayam to Bangalore (including a Volvo luxury bus service) and to Mangalore from this terminal. The KSRTC reservation counter is located close to the bus stand. [Phone: (08555) 288938 ]

Private Transport: There are a number of private bus and taxi operators who ply between Prasanthi Nilayam and cities like Bangalore, Chennai, etc. Please be advised that taxi fares between Bangalore and Prasanthi Nilayam are in the range of Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3000/-.

Rail

The ‘Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam’ railway station is located 8 kilometres from the ashram. There is a computerised railway reservation counter in the bus terminal just outside the Ashram [ Phone: (08555) 287355 ].

Railway Station - Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam (SSPN)

There is a direct rail connectivity from the major cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Vijaywada, Bhubneswar etc.

Several trains pass through Dharmavaram junction, located 40 Km. from Prasanthi Nilayam too.

For more information please check www.indianrail.gov.in.
Code for Prasanthi Nilayam station is SSPN.
Code for Dharmavaram Junction is DMM

 

Air

The nearest major airport is the Bengaluru International Airport (http://www.bengaluruairport.com) located about 120 kilometres from Prasanthi Nilayam. 


Accommodation

Accommodation

For Citizens of India and Nepal (with valid Photo ID)

Type of Accommodation

Office Location

Office Timings

Tariff Rates (per head per day)

Dormitory

Entrance to the ashram

5 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.

  • Rs. 5
  • Rs. 10
  • Rs. 20 (with bunker beds)

 

Rooms (for families)

Room No.7 Opp. South Indian Canteen

6.15 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.

  • Rs. 80 (semi furnished with Single Cot)
  • Rs. 150 (Furnished with 2 cots)
  • Rs. 200 (Furnished with 2 cots)

 

  • Valid Photo ID: Valid Passport, Driving License, Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Ration Card, Photo identity cards issued by Central/State Government for their employees, Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph, Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School / College for their students
  • Nepali Citizens must necessarily carry their valid passports.
  • Individuals are provided Dormitory accommodation.

For Overseas Devotees (with Passport and valid Visa) and Non-Resident Indians (with Indian Passport)

Type of Accommodation

Office Location

Office Timings

Tariff Rates (per head per day)

Dormitory

North Block-8
Room A1

 6.15 a.m. – 8.00 pm

  • Rs. 20 (with cot for single ladies/gents)
  • Rs. 25(with cot for single ladies)

Rooms (for families)

  • Rs. 200 (Furnished with 2 cots)

 

  • Foreign nationals holding Tourist Visas with multiple entry facility are required by law to ensure a gap of at least 2 months between consecutive visits to the country. Kindly visit http://www.immigrationindia.nic.in/ to be informed on the regulations to be complied with before visiting India.
  • Overseas devotees are required to fill in a registration form to complete the registration process. This form is available at the registration office or it can be downloaded in advance. Large groups with more than 25 members are advised to keep the filled-in registration forms ready so as to save time. Click here to view / download this form.
  • Individuals are provided Dormitory accommodation.

Advance reservations: No advance reservations can be made. However, large groups may be able to make arrangements in advance, preferably by contacting the Accommodation Office well before the planned time of arrival.

Payment: All payments towards accommodation charges must be made in cash (in Indian rupees) only. There is a bank counter inside the Ashram premises where devotees can exchange their foreign currency for Indian rupees. Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Service of Porters: Service of authorised porters at fixed tariffs is available for shifting of luggage at the time of arrival or departure.

Laundry service: There are authorised dhobis (laundry personnel) who collect the laundry outside the building every morning after 7 a.m. The clothes are usually returned within a day or two.

Checking Out: The checkout time is 12 noon.

Food

There are three canteens in the Ashram that cater to the varying tastes of the thousands who visit Prasanthi Nilayam from all over the world. They provide hygienically prepared vegetarian food at nominal prices.

South Indian Canteen

The South Indian Canteen offers South Indian style purely vegetarian meals, breakfast, snacks, tea, coffee, milk etc. at highly subsidized rates.

  • It has separate dining sections for gents and ladies.
  • Overseas devotees may find the food spicy. To them, the Western Canteen would be most convenient.
  • Separate sections for ladies and gents

Timings:

  Breakfast 6-30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  Lunch 11-00 a.m. to 2-00 p.m.
  Afternoon tea & snacks 3-30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  Dinner 6-30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Payment: Payment in the canteen is in the form of canteen coupons only. Direct cash is not accepted. Canteen coupons can be purchased from the ‘Canteen Coupons’ counter located in front of the gents’ entrance of the Canteen.

 

North Indian Canteen

North Indian Canteen


The North Indian Canteen in North Block of the ashram and serves purely vegetarian North Indian cuisine.

Timings:

Lunch 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Dinner 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Breakfast and afternoon snacks/tea are not served in this canteen.

Payment: All payments in this canteen are made directly in cash.

Western Canteen

Western Canteen

The Western Canteen is located between Round Building 2 and Round Building 3 of the Ashram premises and offers purely vegetarian continental cuisine.

Timings:

  Breakfast
7.30 a.m. to 10.15 a.m.
  Lunch
12.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
  Dinner
6.30 pm to 8 p.m.
Afternoon snacks/tea are not served in this canteen.

Payment: All payments in this canteen are made through vouchers purchased directly outside the canteen.

Snacks Counters

Kiosks are located, one adjacent to the Shopping Centre and another near the North Indian Canteen, where snacks, beverages and ice-creams are served. Other than this there are beverage counters distributed all around the ashram where coffee, tea, hot chocolate etc are available along with biscuits.

Timings:

The timings of these shops are often staggered to ensure availability from 0500 Hrs to 2030 Hrs. However these Kiosks will stay closed during Programmes and Bhajan Sessions in the morning and evening.

Bakery

The Bakery is located behind South–6 block flanking the Shopping Center on the left side. One can find here all kinds of bakery items from bread & bun to pizzas, all prepared by dedicated Sevadal Volunteers inside the Ashram premises itself.

Timings:

Morning 8.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Afternoon 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

A bakery counter is opened daily in South Indian Canteen between 7.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. and between 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Medical Care

General Hospital

General Hospital Puttaparthi

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital is adjacent and South of the ashram premises. The hospital has outpatient facilities and also provides casualty/emergency services. The hospital provides free diagnosis and treatment in General Medicine, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Timings:

Department Timings
Casualty / emergency Open 24 hours
Out Patient Morning 8.00 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.
Afternoon 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

 

Super Speciality Hospital

SSSIHMS Puttaparthi


The Super Speciality Hospital, also called as the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Prashanthi Gram, is located 7 kms from the Ashram. The hospital offers Specialty treatment in the departments of Cardiology, Urology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, and Gastro-enterology completely free of charge. More…

Timings: The hospital is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm on all days except Sundays and public holidays.

 

 

Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust (Bhakta Sahayak Division)

Shopping Centre

Shopping Center

The Shopping Centre is adjacent to South-6 block, near the Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust (Publications Division) building. Day-to-day needs of devotees ranging from stationery, grocery and home needs to clothing and travel goods are available at very reasonable prices.

Timings:

Morning (Only for Ladies)

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Evening (Only for Gents)

3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Fruits and Vegetables
The Fruits and Vegetables Stall is located contiguously to the south of the Shopping Centre.

Timings:

Morning

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Evening

3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust (Publications Division)

Books, Audio & Video Stall

Books, Photographs, Audio & Video Stall

The Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust (Publications Division) located behind South-6, near the Shopping Centre undertakes the printing, publishing and sale of various books, audio & video cassettes, CDs & DVDs etc. relating to the life and teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Bhajans and festivals at Prasanthi Nilayam. The Trust also undertakes the sale of publications in other Indian and Foreign languages.

Subscriptions to the Ashram Magazine, Sanathana Sarathi for the English and Telugu editions can also be made here or online at www.sanathanasarathi.org
SSSBPT Building

Timings:

Morning

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Afternoon

3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Library cum Reading Room

The Book Trust building also houses a reading room that is a storehouse of Sai Literature with a large and varied collection of books on the life and teachings of Bhagawan Baba and experiences of devotees, in many Indian and foreign languages.

Timings:

Morning

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Afternoon

3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.sssbpt.org

Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust (Media Division)

Sai Blossoms

Sri Sathya Sai Sadhna Trust (Media Division) makes available books, audio and video products under the banner “Sai Blossoms’. These may be purchased from their stall in front of the Radio Sai Studio near West-8 block.

Timings:

Morning

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Evening

3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Sai Blossom products are also available at the Shopping Complex.

For more information, please visit www.radiosai.org

Banking Services

State Bank of India, Prasanthi Nilayam Branch is located at Room No. 5 opposite the South Indian canteen, where foreign exchange conversions also can be transacted.

Timings:

From Monday to Friday

Morning

9 a.m. to 12 noon

Afternoon

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturdays/Sundays

Only Morning

9 a.m. to 12 noon

Other major banks with branches in Puttaparthi (outside ashram premises): Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, State Bank of Hyderabad, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and ING Vysya Bank. All these banks too provide ATM and Credit card/Debit card facilities.

Note: Devotees are advised not to deal with any unauthorized persons for foreign exchange transactions as it is prohibited under Indian law.

Cloak Room

The men's cloakroom is located adjacent to the Public Relations Office (Room No.12), facing the South Indian Canteen
The women's cloakroom is situated next to the ladies entrance of Sai Kulwanth Hall on the Northern Side.

  • The Cloak Room accepts only small-sized articles.
  • No charges are collected for the service

Timings:

Morning

4.00 am to 10.30 am

Afternoon

3.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Telephone Booth

Inland and overseas telephone calls can be made from the telephone booths in the ground floor of the Sevadal Accommodation building located opposite the Round Block-5.

Timings: 6 a.m – 8.45 p.m.

Emergency / Security Office

This office is located adjacent to the South Indian Canteen, beside the Gopuram Gate of the Ashram and is open 24/7. Any issues concerning the security of the Ashram and the devotees are dealt with here. Ambulance service is available here, in case of emergencies. One may also collect Vibhuthi prasadam from here when leaving the Ashram.
Contact: +91-8555-286100

Wheel Chair facility

Devotees in need of wheelchairs may obtain them at North-8, A-10 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The accommodation office also allots ground floor rooms to such people on request, subject to availability. The wheelchairs are not supposed to be taken outside the Ashram premises and must be returned on the specified date.

Maintenance Office

The Ashram Maintenance Office may be contacted for any civil, electrical, water supply problems or any other complaints concerning the room or hall allotted within the ashram. It is located adjacent to the West-3 block on the southern end.

Timings: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Public Relations Office

The Public Relations Office is located in Room No. 10, opposite the South Indian Canteen. This office is open from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. on all days. The ‘Lost-and-Found Office’ is also located here, where devotees can enquire about their lost belongings, or deposit any unclaimed articles found inside the Ashram. Any clarifications can be had by contacting the Public Relations Office at the Ashram.

Special shows at the Planetarium  for school/college pupils or large groups above 120 in number may be arranged in advance by contacting the Public Relations Office.


Address:
Public Relations Office
Prasanthi Nilayam 
Anantapur District
Pin Code – 515 134
Andhra Pradesh
INDIA 
Phone: (0091) 8555-287390. (extn: 209)
E-mail: pro@sssct.org

Safe Deposit Locker
A safe deposit locker is made available to devotees at North-8, A-10 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. for storing valuables during their stay in the ashram.

Advisory Information

Dress Code

  1. Devotees are expected to dress modestly, in clean and sober clothing, as befits a place of worship. Generally, people in the Ashram dress in whites.

  2. Wearing of shorts or sleeveless shirts is strictly prohibited. Women are required to dress to their ankles. Tight-fitting or diaphanous dresses are not permitted.

  3. Unorthodox hairstyles, over-matted hair, tall set hair etc. or large obtrusive hats are highly discouraged.

Ashram Discipline

  1. Men and women are not expected to socialize and visit each other's rooms to indulge in idle talk or gossip inside the ashram. Indian customs and social behaviour are commonly observed inside the Ashram premises. Men and women indulging in physical contact or publicly expressing their greetings or affection are not approved of.

  2. The consumption or possession of tobacco / tobacco products, alcoholic drinks and non-vegetarian food / food stuffs (including eggs) is strictly prohibited. Gambling inside the premises is strictly forbidden.

  3. Feeding of dogs inside the Ashram premises is discouraged.

  4. Kindly observe silence, and when it is necessary to speak, please do so softly. Do not play music loudly.

  5. Lights-out time in the Ashram is 9.30 p.m., after which devotees are not encouraged to move about inside or outside the Ashram. The Ashram gates are also closed at 9.30 p.m.

Self-Professed Intermediaries

  • Devotees are requested to be on their guard against strangers or newfound friends who claim association with Bhagawan or claim to have inner or special messages from Bhagawan. They are all spurious people.

  • Devotees are also requested to exercise utmost caution in visiting quacks, ‘healers with special powers’ supposedly delegated by Bhagawan Baba or spurious people parading as agents of ‘holistic’ or Indian therapies.

Bhagawan has repeatedly made it clear in His discourses that He has no agents, no intermediaries, whatsoever. His connection with the devotees is direct and heart to heart.

Unauthorized Trusts / Bodies

No institution or individual other than the following are authorised to receive any donation inside the Ashram on any account:

  • Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
  • Sri Sathya Sai Medical Trust
  • Sri Sathya Sai University
  • Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust
  • Easwaramma Women’s Welfare Trust

Devotees are requested to note that Bhagawan does not solicit any donation whatsoever and the above-mentioned Trusts have no intermediaries or agents. Individuals, trusts and other bodies soliciting donations on behalf of Bhagawan or the above-mentioned trusts are doing so illegally. Individuals or Institutions making donations to such unauthorised bodies are doing so at their own risk, and the above-mentioned trusts are not responsible for their acts.

The Government of India has amended the schedule to the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950 to include the following as protected names and emblems under the said Act:

  1. Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust
  2. The following emblems


  3. Sri Sathya Sai

In view of the above, no person shall use or continue to use for the purpose of any trade, business, calling or profession or any patent, trademark or design the aforementioned protected names / emblems or any colourable imitation thereof without the previous written permission of the Central Government. Any person who contravenes the above is liable to be proceeded against and punished under the provisions of the law.

Any person who is using the aforementioned names and emblem in contravention of the provisions of the Act is hereby notified and required to cease and desist from using the said names/emblems with effect from: 22nd July 2004.

Devotees are also required to beware of touts who collect money inside the ashram for any of the ashram services. Devotees are not required to pay to anyone inside the Ashram except for services like accommodation, food, etc. at the respective offices and canteens.