||Around the Ashram
1.Shirdi Sai Baba Statue:
This beautiful seven feet tall statue of Shirdi Sai
Baba is located on the way to General Hospital from the Ashram on a rock more than ten feet above the ground.
This is the most popular shrine in the Ashram. It is located just
inside the main entrance. Special prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha everyday morning. Devotees undertaking any
new task propitiate the innocent-visaged God for removing obstacles. Lord Ganesha has the power to confer
intelligence, prosperity and protection.
3. Subramanya Shrine:
Located next to Lord Ganesha on the southern side.
This shrine was constructed in 1997. Lord Subramanya is the younger brother of Ganesha. He is the chief of the army of the
gods. His benevolent grace includes protection.
4. Gayatri Shrine :
It is in front of the Round Building No.4, facing the post office. The Goddess Gayatri with five faces and ten hands, seated on a lotus, has the power to confer intelligence, wisdom, keen intellect, fluent speech and over-all protection.
The statue of the goddess was installed during the Padhuka Mahotsava held in early October 1998.
5. World Religions Pillar (Sarvadharma Stupa):
This is a tall pillar, called the world religions stupa, with a lotus flower at the top.This pillar is near the temple in Prasanthi Nilayam (Sathya Sai Baba's main ashram in India). The pillar, with its concentric rings, represents the unity of faiths, that all are seeking the one and same God.
The rising column signifies that humanity rises above differences to the unfolding the 'lotus of the heart', whose petals are at the top of the pillar. The flame of inner illumination is in the center of the lotus. Just as the lotus plant lives in water but does not get contaminated by it, so we should live in the world but be untouched by it.
The base of the pillar is surrounded by plaques with quotations from the five main religions emphasising the unity of faiths and mankind's spiritual journey.
more than ten feet above the ground.
The Prasanthi Mandir is a two-storied granite structure inaugurated in 1950.
It has a Central Prayer Hall flanked by rooms on either side, with the 'verandah' in front, and a corridor in the rear.
The five religious symbols, descending from top to bottom of the walls on each side of the altar point out the unity of religions.
Omkar and Suprabhatam
at dawn and daily Bhajans are held in this hall.
Swami gives interviews in the room behind the altar.
7.Darshan - Sai Kulwant Hall:
The Darshan Ground is in between Swami's residence (Poornachandra Hall) and the Mandir.
It is a spacious enclosure to accommodate 20,000 devotees under a well protected canopy.
Devotees have Darshan of Baba protected from rain or sun. It has been named SAI KULWANT HALL.
In the room behind the altar Swami gives interviews.
8.Poornachandra Auditorium :
This was built in 1973. It measures about 60 metres by 40 metres and has a floor capacity to seat more than 15,000 people.
Devotees gather here for occasional Divine discourses, cultural programmes, functions and conferences.
Its roof has no supporting columns in the middle. There are beautiful paintings and engravings depicting Avatars and scenes from religious scriptures adorning the walls.
Sai Baba's simple living quarters are upstairs above the stage.
9.Banyan Tree (Vata Vruksha) :
The Vata Vruksha (Banyan tree) has been designated as a specia1 place for devotees to meditate.
The sapling was planted by Swami Himself. He also materialised a thick metal Located on the hill behind the Mandir,
it provides a quiet place for meditation with a beautiful view of the Ashram and its surroundings.
No talking is permitted here, shoes are to be removed, and separate areas for men and women are allocated on each side of the tree.
For security reasons, women are not allowed to use this area before sunrise or after sunset.
Om Sai Ram