Puttaparthi was the home place of the world-renowned spiritualist, Sathya Sai Baba. The town still retains many of the emblems, insignias, stickers, posters and other memorabilia. Sathya Sai Baba died in 2011. Anyone visiting the town will be able to find out the full story on this figure of history. In short, he was born a re-incarnation of an India Sai Baba of Shirdi a saint and miracle worker who died in 1918.
Many of the sights, ashrams and mandirs in town are dedicated to Sai Baba. In his later days, there was increasing skepticism of his miracles and methods brought to light by video cameras and suchlike.
The town is well served by road, rail and bus links. Although business has declined since the death of Sathya Sai Baba, the town should be of interest to anyone familiar or un-familiar with his story.