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Facilities at Puttaparti

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Facilities
HOSPITAL

There is the Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital adjacent to the Ganesh Gate on the right towards the southern side easily accessible from the Ashram. The Casualty Department is open all 24 hours. The out-patient Department functions from 8-00 a.m. to 11-00 a.m. and from 3-00 p.m. to 4-45 p.m. It has a limited number of beds in the wards for very sick patients. It has also Maternity and Dental Departments. Serious cases of Cardiology, Urology, Nephrology and Ophthalmology are referred to the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital which is 7 kms away from the Ashram.

Do not patronize impostors, quacks and spurious agent for Indian therapies outside.

Certain persons, especially foreigners, are found to parade as practitioners of some 'holistic' therapy or as healers with special power supposedly delegated by Bhagawan Baba. He never delegates His powers to anyone. Such activities are strictly prohibited.

ASHRAM POST OFFICE TELEPHONES

There is a Post Office for limited transactions, opposite Round Buildings - 5 which has also a computerized telephone facility for local, inland and overseas calls. The Ashram Post Office is open from 8-00 a.m to 9-30 a.m., 2-30 p.m to 3-00 p.m and 6-00 p.m to 7-30 p.m. The telephones are operated from 5-00 a.m to 10-00 p.m.

FAX AND TELEGRAM

There is no facility inside Ashram which is open to the public. However a government Telecom and Fax System operates, for both sending and receiving at the Vasani Nivas complex {1st Floor} on Gopuram Road. Working hours are from 8-00 a.m to 1-00 p.m and from 2-00 p.m to 9-00 p.m. On Sunday and other Government Holidays 8-00 a.m to 12 noon and 4-00 p.m to 9.00 p.m

BANK

An extension counter of the State Bank of India operates in the shopping complex behind round building 1.Besides routine banking; foreign exchange facilities are also available. The bank is open on Monday to Friday from 8-00 a.m to 1-00 p.m & 4-00 p.m to 8-00p.m. Saturday from 8-00 a.m to 1-00 p.m. Sundays are holidays. The state bank of India has its main office in the village on the Gopuram Road for all transactions. Acceptance of Foreign Exchange by unauthorized persons is strictly prohibited under Indian Laws.

AIRLINES

Indian airlines operates two flights a week from Mumbai {Bombay} to Puttaparthy and back when Bhagawan Baba is at Prasanthi Nilayam. Coaches are available from and to the Sri Sathya Sai Airport about 6 kms. Away from the Ashram. For current schedule of arrival and departure, flight timings as well as for booking of tickets and other details, please enquire at the airlines office in buildings N2, Room No. A1. Telephone No. 87444{Office} and 87484 {Airport}

RAILWAYS

A new Railway Station "Sai Prasanthi Nilayam" at a distance of 9 kms, away from the Ashram, is now on the railways map of India. This station has all the facilities which a major railway station offers. For the present, a train runs daily between this station and Bangalore city and vice versa. Full operation will commence in a few months when major trains from Mumbai / Rajkot / Hyderabad / New Delhi to Bangalore/ Kanyakumari/ Trivanantapuram will pass through this station.

TAXIS
The Ashram has no arrangements for taxis. You are advised to enquire with the several taxi operators and travel agents available outside. Taxis are not permitted to be parked inside. For legitimate private cars, permission may be obtained from Security Office. Taxi fare from Prasanthi Nilayam {Puttaparthy} to Bangalore Rs: 1100 {Approx} one way. To and fro Rs: 1400 {approx}.Long distance fare to and fro RS: 4.00 per km.
BUS AND RAIL BOOKINGS

Bus bookings may be made at the computerized bus terminal, near the police station , for places like Anantapur, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and other cities. Please check with the bus counter for right timings and advance reservations. A Railway tickets booking counter adjoining the Bus ticket booking counter in the same building which is also computerized, provides advance reservation to an from all cities in India. Nearest railway station is Sai Prasanthi Nilayam, 9 kms. Away, while Dharmavaram Railway Junction is located at 45 kms away.

Separate tables showing bus and train timings, distance, fare, etc. are listed at the end. A railway reservation chart is displayed beside the ladies' cloak room inside the Ashram.

VISA

An official of the state police department is available at North Prasanthi N8 /A1 on all Mondays from 11-00 a.m to 4-00 p.m. You may consult him on problems related to your Visa extension and the like. It is mandatory to have a valid visa while staying in the Ashram. For more details, contract the overseas registration Office of the Superintendent of Police, Anantapur on all weekdays {between 10-00 a.m and 5-00 p.m}.

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