I am glad we made this trip then .. Six months after the trips as I make this blog post now .. Sri Sathya Sai baba is no more .. !
After spending the first day in Bangalore, we headed to Puttaparthi the next morning.
After a sumptuous buffet breakfast at Woodlands, we started on our drive to Puttaparthi from Bangalore which was for about 3 hours, along vineyards in the roller coaster like highway ..
It has been for many years that my parents and grand parents wanted to make a visit to Puttaparthi .. It was my first visit to the place and it was totally different from what I thought it to be like .. The first look of the place was neat, calm and uncluttered with every essential facility one could possibly think of from a full fledged hospital to educational institution to entertainment centres to a private airport .. it was all part of the Sathya sai trust.
Unbelievable but true, I saw people from all over the globe, there were volunteers as well as visitors .. There is an Aarthi being held every evening for which Baba pays visit to, for which thousands of devotees gather for many hours in the Prashanthi Nilayam to have a sight of him.
I have never been fond of Bhajans or large pilgrim gatherings but it was totally very different case in Prashanthi Nilayam .. the atmosphere was Vibrant .. I was more curious in wondering what makes so many people from around the globe come here ..
The Bhajans lasted for around three hours, before Baba came in for the Arathi. Gladly we got a glimpse of him thou' me and my mom had moved out of the place before he arrived.
The streets around Prashanthi Nilayam are filled with hotels and small shops selling curios. We spent another hour shopping for stuff before we reached our hotel for dinner.