Friday, 26 August 2011

Shri Sathya Sai Baba.

Shri Sathya Sai Baba.

Shri Sathya Sai Baba (85 years old), one of the India’s most popular spiritual leaders, died at “ Puttaparthi ” (Puttaparthi, Anatapur district, Andhra Pradesh, India) on April 24, 2011 after a prolonged illness, plunging millions of followers across the world into glooms. The man whom many worshiped as God despite controversy, breathed his last at the Sathya Sai Super-speciality hospital where he was admitted on March 28, with cardiac problems. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled Baba’s death, saying he was an inspiration to people of all faiths and that his death was an irreparable loss to all. The Sathya Sai Baba Trust runs a state-of-art hospitals, university and several other institution to serve the poor in over 160 countries. However, he himself reportedly visited only two foreign countries—Uganda and Kenya. Born as “ Sathyanarayana Raju ” in humble backward caste family in 1926, Baba emerged as one of the most popular God man in India in modern times. Initially he attracted attention through acts like producing articles like sacred ash and lingam which his detractors claimed was a sleight of hand, but later he came to be known for his founding institutions of learning and philanthropy. His devotes were spread throughout the world.

Sai Baba’s History

Nov. 23, 1926 : Born in Puttaparthi, Anatapur district, Andhra Pradesh.

Oct. 20, 1940 : Declares that he is Sai Baba.

1950 : Builds Prasanthi Nilayam, his Puttaparthi ashram.

1954 : General hospital established at Puttaparthi.

1968 : Sets up colleges for girls at Anatapur.

1972 : Founded Shri Sathya Sai Central Trust a charitable trust that undertakes social welfare projects.

1976 : General hospital set up at Bangalore.

1978 : Sets up colleges for boys at Puttaparthi.

1981 : Sri Sathya Sai university inaugurated.

1991 : Sri Sathya Institute for Higher Medical Sciences set up.

1995 : Launches Anatapur drinking water project.

2001 : Launches Medak and Mahabubnagar drinking water projects.
Sets up Sri Sathya Sai  Institute for higher Medical Sciences, Bangalore.

2002 : Launches Chennai water projects.

2007 : East Godavari and west Godavari water projects were launched.

2009 : Launches construction of Sathya Sai University campus.

Donation :-
Among one of Sathya Sai Baba’s donors was Issac Tigrett, who started Hard Rock Café. Sai Baba said to come up in his dreams and saved him from a fatal disease. Tigrett apparently sold his café chain for 108 million dollar and in 1991 donated the money to the Guru and this is how the famous Puttaparthi hospital was funded.

Vital Stats :-
Rs. 250 crore is the cost of Anatapur piped-water project, which benefits nearly 750 villages.
Apparently 30 million is the number of estimated Sai Baba Devotees.

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