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Puttaparthi hamlet, 1926: Eashwaramma (meaning: mother of God) draws water from the well when a big ball of blue light descended towards her and merged into her being.

Startled at what seemed to be a bizarre phenomenon, Eashwaramma fainted, yet that auspicious moment indicated the entry of divine incarnation into her womb.


The thatched house in which young Sathyanarayana Raju was born on the morning of 23rd November 1926.

Baba’s father Pedda Venkama Raju had a small shop in the adjacent room.


Sathya’s friends witness a huge monkey stopping the young lad from circumambulating the precincts at Hanuman Temple. Only after Sathya came to a halt, did the primate vanish from the scene.

Later, Sathya revealed that the monkey was indeed Hanuman, the monkey god of thretha yuga, who protested that as a devotee & servant he should go around Lord Rama, who was His master & saviour, and not the other way around.


Appeasing the hunger and call of every being, be it human or animal, was the proclivity of the kind and compassionate Sathya, as he led by example.

Often starving, Sathya gave away his share of the food/clothing to beggars, and to all those in need!


Sathya was instrumental in bringing a spiritual reformation in the town, as he founded the ‘Pandhari bhajan group’. Consisting of sixteen to eighteen boys, Sathya led the group as an organizer, treasurer, composer and lead singer.

Compositions comprised of songs from Bhagavatham, the yearning of the pilgrims for Lord Panduranga's Darshan, mellifluous music on an unknown saint Sai Baba of Shirdi, among others.

When an infection of cholera wiped out several families in the surrounding villages, Puttaparthi remained unaffected. The divine potency & energy created by the young bhajan group came to light, and the growing popularity got the boys to soon perform in neighbouring villages as well.


At the age of eight, Sathya had to walk to the neighbouring village of Bukkapatnam, about two and a half miles from Puttaparthi, to pursue his middle school learning.

Starting early, after a meal of cold rice and curds / cooked ragi (maize), rice and chutney, Sathya had to carry the afternoon meal in a bag, and the monsoon season meant wading through neck-deep water, with a school bag on his head.


When young Sathya did not write the notes dictated by his teacher Kondappa, only to affirm that he can answer all the questions, Kondappa ordered him to stand on the bench for three consecutive periods.

English teacher Mehboob Khan, who came in to tutor the pupils for the next hour, explained that Sathya could in fact reply, and requested that he be made to sit down. Kondappa didn’t concur to the advice and tried to get up as the bell rang, only in vain.

Mehboob Khan commented, “We should never punish people without a reason, even if they are our students. This boy may appear as an ordinary boy, but there is immense divine power in Him. Ask Him to sit down, at least now.” Kondappa soon ordered Sathya to sit down, and the teacher could now get up from his chair.

Baba later remarked that this drama was not staged to humiliate the teacher but to slowly make people aware of his latent divinity.


In the late 1930s, Sathya had to move to Kamalapuram in the neighbouring Cuddapah District with his elder brother Seshama Raju and sister-in-law’s family. The Raju family felt the education there would bestow on Sathya a better future.

Not happy with the prospect of housing Sathya in their premises, the in-laws made the young boy in-charge of several household chores. Sathya took to all tasks silently and cheerfully, including the arduous job of fetching good drinking water from a nearby well.

Little Sathya woke to the bell of a steam engine at 4.00 every morning, carrying two pots full of water, before going to school.


Despite any money to foot the trip expenses to Pushpagiri’s annual cattle fair, Sathya joins the scout boys to render service!

Walking the entire distance on foot, while others reached by bus, the young lad carried out the duties sincerely. Unable to afford the scout uniform, he wore the only piece of clothing he had; living frugally, spending little on food, Sathya skipped many meals and drank water to fill his stomach. The little boy even saved some money to pick up gifts for his family in Kamalapur, yet what awaited him was a severe punishment, for his absence led to a lack of drinking water supply.

Baba later revealed that he deliberately created such painful situations to impart the value of forbearance and equanimity.


On 20 October 1940, standing on brother Seshama Raju’s doorway, Sathya cast aside his schoolbooks and proclaimed, “I am no longer your Sathya. I am Sai.”

The sister-in-law stood stupefied, blinded by the splendour of Baba's halo.

He addressed her thus: “I am going; I don't belong to you! Maya has gone. My devotees are calling me: I have my work; I can't stay here any longer."

Despite repeated pleas, Sathya did not step in.

Landmark Events

Venkata Sathya Narayana Raju is born

Venkata Sathya Narayana Raju is born as the fourth child of Srimati Easwaramma and Sri Pedda Venkappa Raju of Puttaparthi.

Landmark Events

Sathya writes and directs the play

Sathya writes and directs the play, “Cheppinattu Chesthara?” (Do you act as you speak?) to remind the village folk the importance of unity of thought, word, and deed.

Landmark Events

Fourteen-Year-Old Sathya reveals

Fourteen-year-old Sathya reveals his Avataric identity as the reincarnation of the Sai Baba of Shirdi. He teaches his first Bhajan, Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam, Dustara Bhavasagara Taranam. Ever since, this day is celebrated as Avatar Declaration Day.

Landmark Events

The First Mandir of Baba is inaugurated

On Vaikuntha Ekadashi day (December 14th), the first Mandir of Baba is inaugurated in Puttaparthi.
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Baba lays the foundation stone

Baba lays the foundation stone for the Shirdi Sai temple in Guindy, a suburb of Madras.
Genesis & History

First All India Conference of the Office-Bearers, April 20 – 21, 1967

The First All India Conference of the Office-Bearers of Sri Sathya Sai Organisation was held in the Divine Presence at Abbotsbury, Madras on the 20th and 21st of April 1967. Dr. B. Ramakrishna Rao, former Governor of Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, presided over the proceedings on the 20th. The office bearers gave brief reports about the Seva activities in their respective states. The Chairman gave a brief report of the activities undertaken overseas. Baba then blessed the delegates with His Divine Message. Baba gave a call to HIS devotees “to march ahead with boldness and unity in search of God”. He also urged HIS devotees to “worship the divinity in the hearts of their fellow beings by rendering various services and thus striving to help those who are afflicted with sufferings and are in dire need of help”. This conference also synthesied and twined all Samihtis in a uniform pattern. Necessary rules and regulations were formulated to bring all Samithis under a common body/organisation and function effectively in a cohesive manner. In the evening, Baba gave clear guidelines to the Presidents and Secretaries of each state individually in conducting Seva activities. He addressed the delegates on 21st evening and granted interviews to the representatives He was unable to meet the previous day. The musician siblings Sri B. V. Raman and Sri B. V. Lakshman gave performances.
All India ConferencesDiscourses

The obliterating flood

Place: Chennai
Occasion: First All-India Conference of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva organization
Discourse Collection: Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 7 (1967)
All India ConferencesDiscourses

Sathya Sai Seva

Place: Chennai
Occasion: First All-India Conference of the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization
Discourse Collection:Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 7 (1967)
Genesis & History

First World Conference and Second All India of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, May 16 – 19, 1968

The first World Conference and Second All India of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations was held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Campus in Bombay from 16th to 19th of May, 1968. Sri Morarji Desai, Deputy Prime Minister of India, inaugurated the Conference at 9.00 am on 16th morning. After the invocatory recitation by Sri Kameswara Ganapathy, Sri P. K. Sawant welcomed the delegates, and Sri Indulal Shah gave an outline of the programme. Baba then called upon some delegates to summarise the activities of the Organisations in their respective states. Justice V. Balakrishan Eradi from Kerala, R. P. V. Rayaningar from Madras, Dr. Choodasma from Jamnagar, Mrs. Khasalkar from Bihar, Sri D. P. Sukla from Uttar Pradesh, Sri Somdat Khera from West Bengal, Sri G. Ramarao from Orissa, Sri Murthy from Madhya Pradesh, and Dr. S. Bhagavantam from Delhi summarised the activities in their respective states. Charles Penn from Los Angeles, Howard Murphet from Australia, Dr. C. G. Patel from East Africa, Dr. Nallainathan from Ceylon, and Ms. Indra Devi from Mexico shared their experiences with the delegates. Baba then nominated a few members to head various Committees. A public meeting in connection with the Conference was held at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Campus at 6.00 pm. Baba thrilled the audience with His Discourse in Sanskrit.

On the 17th, Prof. V. K. Gokak and Dr. Nagappa Alwa, the former Health Minister of Mysore State, addressed the delegates. Sri P. K. Sawant and Mrs. Osborne addressed the delegates prior to Baba’s Discourse. He then delivered His Message. Baba met the delegates on the 18th and interacted with them. On the 18th morning Sri Indulal Shah, Sri Rayaningar and Dr. S. Bhagavantam addressed the delegates and Baba then delivered His Discourse. Sri Nanubhai Sastry of Navsari offered a Sanskrit epic on Baba’s life at the Lotus Feet. Sri Indulal Shah, Sri P. K. Sawant, Prof. V.K. Gokak and Sri Bharde addressed the delegates during the Benedictory Function held on the 19th. Thereafter, Baba blessed the delegates with His Valedictory Message.

At this Conference, the need and necessity of the proper and effective conduct of bhajans, Nagar Sankeertans and Study Circles in developing peoples’ faith in God and increasing their devotion was underscored and the necessity of Seva Dal was recognised.

DiscoursesWorld Conferences

Name, the never-failing fountain

Place: Mumbai
Occasion: World Conference, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Bhaaratheeya Vidhya Bhavan Campus
Discourse Collection: Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 8 (1968)
DiscoursesWorld Conferences

The Revelation

Place: Mumbai
Occasion: World Conference Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organizations
Discourse Collection: Sri Sathya Sai Speaks, Vol 8 (1968)

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