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Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011)

Born as Sathyanarayana Raju in November 23, 1926 in Puttaparthi, his devotees claimed he started singing Sanskrit verses, of which he had no knowledge, one day in March 1940 after being apparently stung by a scorpion. Within two months, the teenager claimed to be a reincarnation of the more famous Shirdi Sai Baba, who had reportedly stated before his death in 1918 that he would reappear in the then Madras Presidency eight years later.

As time went by, and he came to be recognised for his mane and flowing orange robes, the boy transformed into Sathya Sai Baba, frequently producing with a flick of his hand 'vibhuti' (sacred ash) and small objects such as Shiv lings, rings and necklaces. Puttaparthi became his base, eventually transforming the once small village into a lively pilgrimage centre, with its own railway station and air strip.


November 23, 1926

Sathya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju to Eswaramma and Peddavenkama Raju Ratnakaram in Puttaparthi village, Andhra Pradesh.

As a child, he was described as "unusually intelligent" and charitable. He showed exceptional talent in drama, music, dance and writing.

Puttaparthi, where Sathya Sai Baba lived his entire life, has transformed from a small remote South Indian village to a modern village with an extensive university complex, a specialty hospital, Chaitanya Jyoti (a world-religions museum that has won several international awards for design), a planetarium, a railway station, a hill-view stadium, an administrative building, an airport, and an indoor sports stadium.


Sathya was apparently stung by a scorpion and he lost consciousness for several hours.

After the incident, he showed a noticeable change in behaviour, dubbed by his family members as bizarre and his doctor as hysterical.

Later that year, Sathya, 14, proclaimed himself to be a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, who had died 8 years before Sathya was born


A temple for Sathya Sai Baba's devotees called Old Mandir was built near Puttaparthi.

However, within a couple of years, the space became too small to accommodate his followers.

So a new building was constructed around the old mandir and was designed by baba himself.

Known as Prasanthi Nilayam, this mandir is the nucleus of Sai's mission of Dharmasthapana.
Sathya Sai Baba established a small free General Hospital in Puttaparthi.

It is located adjacent to the ashram precints.

It started as a small two-bed hospital and has blossomed over the years to a full-fledged Super Speciality hospital.

In 2001, another Super Speciality hospital was opened in Whitefield, Bangalore.

Sathya Sai Baba suffered a stroke and four severe heart attacks. On recovering, he announced that he he will live until the year 2022 and will be reborn eight years after his death, in 2030, as Prema Sai Baba in Mysore.

He added that Prema Sai Baba will announce his identity to the world in 2044 at the age of 14.
June 29, 1968

Sathya Sai Baba made his first and only trip overseas, to Uganda. During a discourse in Nairobi, Sathya Sai Baba stated, "I have come to light the lamp of Love in your hearts, to see that it shines day by day with added luster.

I have not come on behalf of any exclusive religion. I have come to tell you of... Love.”
May 1968
Sai Baba established Dharmakshetra or Sathyam Mandir in Mumbai. It is on the top of a small hillock in Andheri.

Dharmakshethra, sometimes called Sathyam, is one of three special spiritual centers established by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the others being Sivam (established 1973) in Hyderabad and Sundaram (established January 1981) in Chennai.
Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT) was established as a public charitable trust to run schools and other institutions set by him.

Today, SSSCT owns assets worth Rs 45,000 cr. Some of the projects run by the Trust includes super speciality hospitals, charitable educational institutes and a water project that provides drinking water to 1.2 million people
June 1993

Four male devotees, who were close to Sai Baba, broke into their guru's private quarters late at night armed with knives.

Sai Baba managed to escape through a secret flight of stairs and raise the alarm. Police shot all the four the intruders in Sai Baba’s bedroom.

Two of Sai Baba's personal attendants were also killed that night
March 1995
He started the water project to provide drinking water to 1.2 million people in about 750 villages in the drought-prone Rayalaseema region in Anantapur.

The project ran into some major controversies.

A second drinking water project supplies water to Chennai through a rebuilt waterway named "Sathya Sai Ganga Canal.

It was completed in 2004

Since 2005, Sathya Sai Baba has used a wheelchair and his failing health has forced him to make fewer public appearances.

In 2006 he suffered a fractured hip when a student standing on an iron stool slipped, and both boy and stool fell on Sathya Sai Baba.
March 28, 2011

Sathya Sai Baba  was admitted to the super-specialty hospital in Puttaparthi

April 24, 2011

Three days after he was put on life support following a multiple organ failure, Sathya Sai Baba passes away at 7.40 am.

Source:- TOI, Mirror
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