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Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – Ashram Information

Ashrama means a place without Shrama (effort); such effortless living is possible only where there is Prema (Pure love). Loving and serving all without expectations is the way of life in an Ashrama”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Baba

Sathya Sai Grama, near Muddenahalli village in Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka is the location of the Ashram of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, as well as the Institutions of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust. Muddenahalli is around 55 kms from Bengaluru via Yelahanka and Devanahalli and is about 23 kms from the Kempagowda International Airport, Bengaluru. Muddenahalli has a special place in the history of Karnataka as the birth place of Bharat Ratna M. Visvesvaraya, one of Karnataka’s most accomplished engineers.  

Sathya Sai Grama stands firm in its foundation of probity and in its forte of character. It is a community knitted slowly and steadily, bearing a strong testimony to the amalgamation of human effort and God’s grace. This is an Ashram township of heterogeneity at the physical level and homogeneity at the metaphysical level. Elderly people along in years, families as gay as the spring, students in fine feather, staff having many irons in the fire, toddlers and children as playful as squirrels, devotees and spiritual aspirants in visceral bliss! Underlying these multiplicities, there is a strong current of unity of purpose which drives all of them in varied ways, towards the same noble goal of welfare of the society and spiritual nourishment of the soul.

Ashram Campus

  • The Ashram houses four Institutions under the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust, which provides value-based integral education completely free-of-cost.             
  1. Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Higher Primary School (Grade 6: English & Kannada medium), Grade 7 (Kannada medium)
  2. Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva High School (Grade 8, 9 & 10: Both English & Kannada medium)
  3. Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Kendra (Grade 6 to Grade 10: Affiliated to CBSE)
  4. Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Pre-University College (Arts, Science and Commerce streams)
  • Public Relations Office (PRO) – The prime entry and exit points at the Ashram. All information related to the Ashram is available at the PRO desk.
  • Administration Block – A zone for functionaries plunged in administrative activities of the Ashram.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutha Prakashna – Office for publishing of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc., located at Sai Sannidhi, B-Block. Amruta Vahini and Bala Bhaskara are monthly/bimonthly periodicals published from here.
  • Sanathana Vani Studio & Office – 24×7 Internet Radio station with a well-equipped studio, located at Hridaya Mandiram.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Anandam – It is the divine abode of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the Subtle Form.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Hridaya Mandiram, Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham and Prem Deep – Three auditoriums for Satsangs, Bhajans, festivals and events.
  • Sai Vishwa, Sai Dham, Sai Sannidhi, Sai Ashraya, Prem Sadana and Prem Ashraya – Six residential blocks that serve as dwelling units for the staff, devotees, guests and Thyaga Jeevis.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Anandashraya and Sri Sathya Sai Kripashraya – Dormitory accommodation for devotees and volunteers to stay during their Seva stints at Muddenahalli during festivals.
  • Goshala – A habitat for about 50 cows in the Ashram, which fulfil the dairy needs of the children studying in the Institutions at the Ashram.
  • Sai Nandanam – A bewitching garden, with life-size statues of Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman adorning the garden.
  • Ganesha temple, Gayatri temple and Navagraha temple – The three temples of worship at the foot of Sri Sathya Sai Anandam.
  • Krishna Mandir/Old Mandir – constructed in 1978, where the day begins at the Ashram with Omkaram and Suprabhatam, followed by Nagarsankeertan.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Samagamam – A sports stadium where the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions is conducted every year.
  • Sai Prasad – A food court or dining area where nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner are served to the Ashram residents and devotees visiting the Ashram.
  • Sai Coffee Corner – A manned kiosk, near the Sai Prasad, selling tea, coffee and health drinks at fixed times.
  • Sai Joy Bakery – A booth where cakes, sandwiches and fresh fruit juices are sold on Sundays, Thursdays and festival days at specified times.
  • Daily Needs Store – A store stocking a wide range of goods for students and devotees, like clothes, grocery, stationery, footwear, chocolates, biscuits, etc., open daily at specified times.
  • Sri Sathya Sai Sarala Memorial Hospital – A hospital housing a dental unit, an X-ray facility and a computerised pathological lab.

Daily Schedule of Activities at the Ashram

The daybreak is the most idyllic time of the day at Sathya Sai Grama and these moments are cherished in an unsurpassed way here.

  • Omkaram, Suprabhatam and Nagarsankeertan – Old Mandir/Krishna Mandir – 4.55 a.m. daily
  • Lingabhishekam – Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall – 7.30 to 8.30 a.m. daily
  • Maha Lingabhishekam (Mondays) – Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall – 7.30 to 8.30 a.m.
  • Vedam Chanting – Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall – 5.40 to 6.00 p.m. daily
  • Bhajans at Sai Dham – 9.30 to 10 a.m. daily
  • Bhajans at Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall – 6.00 to 6.30 p.m. (during non-Satsang days)
  • Satsangs on Sundays, Thursdays & Festival days (when Swami is present in the Ashram) – Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Hall – 5.30 p.m. onwards
  • Tatwasameeksha Talks (Mondays) – Talks by eminent spiritual guides and senior devotees arranged for residents and visiting devotees.

              Visit https://saivrinda.org/ for Satsang Schedule and Live Telecast.

              For Bhajan sessions, senior citizens and physically disabled devotees can avail the Golf cart transport services from the PRO office to the Prayer hall and back (services start from 4:45 p.m.)

              Mobile phones, tabs, any electronic devices, eatables are strictly not allowed inside the Prayer Hall. They can be deposited in the cloak room.

Facilities and Timings

Sri Sathya Sai Sarala Memorial Hospital and its Services

  • Takes the healthcare needs of everyone inside the Ashram and for the people visiting the hospital from the surrounding villages.
  • Medical camps on the last Sunday of every month since 17 years. These mega camps have several specialised out -patient departments such as – Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Dermatology, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Radiology and Sonography, and the Dental Section. On an average, about 2500- 3000 patients are diagnosed and treated in these camps and about 50-60 volunteers take part in the camp.
  • Diabetic out-patient department is open four days a week, between Tuesday and Friday. Around 3300 patients have registered for the diabetic camp and 400 patients visit the camp every week from nearby 600 villages.
  • SAI Wheels is a mobile bus fabricated to provide services of education, clean and pure drinking water and health for the surrounding villages of the Ashram. Some of the facilities available include tests for Complete Blood Picture, Blood Sugar, Liver and Renal Function Tests, Lipid profiles, Cardiac enzymes and Serum electrolyte. HbA1C- the most preferred and accurate test for diabetes is also available.

         Morning: 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m

         Evening: 4.00 p.m to 6.00 p.m

Sai Prasad (Food court) – Indian Food

  • Breakfast : 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch       : 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Sunday & Thursdays – 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.)
  • Dinner      : 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ( Sunday & Thursdays – 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.)

Western Canteen 

  • Breakfast : 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch       : 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Sunday & Thursdays – 1.00 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.)
  • Dinner      : 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ( Sunday & Thursdays – 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.)

Sai Coffee Corner

  • Mornings : 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Evenings  : 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sai Joy Bakery (Sunday & Thursday)

  • Mornings  : 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon : 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Stores for daily needs

  • Mornings  : 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • Afternoon : 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Evenings   : 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prakashana Stores – Book Store

  • Mornings  : 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Afternoon and Evenings : 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m  and 7:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.

India Post – Post Office – 11.30 a.m to 2.30 p.m

Banking facility

  • Vijaya Bank (near Main arch gate)  : 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Vijaya Bank ATM in Muddenahalli : 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • SBI Bank ATM in Muddenahalli      : 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Guide Lines

  • Maintain silence
  • Avoid loud playing of radio, tape recorder, music on mobile, etc.
  • Keep children under control
  • Wear modest and sober clothes, and not sleeveless shirts, shorts, tight-fitting, transparent or semi-transparent clothes.
  • Women must cover themselves till their ankles and wear a dupatta/shawl.
  • Kindly DO NOT feed stray dogs, cats, monkeys inside the Ashram premises.
  • Pets are not allowed unless permitted by the Trust Administrative office.
  • Men and women are not expected to mix and visit each other’s room.
  • Avoid befriending and exchanging addresses with strangers, or visiting each other’s rooms.
  • Prior intimation and permission is needed to conduct private Satsangs, meditations, study circles or any gathering.
  • Avoid interacting with students and giving articles, gifts, etc directly.

Accommodation 

Limited accommodation in the Muddenahalli Campus for the general public.

Please contact the accommodation support staff at mdh.accm@gmail.com for more information.

  • Hotel Accomodations in Chikkaballapur

                               Nisarga Farms at Muddenahalli – +91-9900400001, +91-9945806897 – mmmswamy@gmail.com.

                               Hotel Green Chilli – +91 9591212176.

                               Hotel Rose Garden – +91 9663211234.

                               Hotel Shanthi Sagar – +91 9482210685.

                               Sanju Lodge – +91 8156274949.

How to Reach

Muddenahalli is located near Chikkaballapur, Karnataka on National Highway (NH7). Approximate distance between Chikkaballapur and Muddenahalli is 5 km. Chikkaballapur can be reached by Air, Train and Bus easily. Auto / Local bus services are available from Chikkaballapur Bus terminal to Muddenahalli.

  • By Air: The nearest airport to Sri Sathya Sai Grama is Kempagowda International Airport (KIA) located at Devanahalli, Bangalore. From the airport, taxi can be hired to reach Muddenahalli. Approximate distance is 25 km and estimated journey time is 30 minutes. Airport taxi services charge standard fare as per their chart (approximately Rs.1500-2000).
  • By Train: Sri Sathya Sai Grama is well connected to the nearest Railway stations like Bangalore (Majestic) SBC terminal, Gowribiddanur, Hindupur and Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Nilayam. Local Passenger trains are available from Bangalore (Majestic) SBC terminal to Chikkaballapur railway station via Bangalore Cantonment, Bangalore East, Bilahalli, Yellanhanka, Devanahalli and Nandi.
  • By Road: 

          By Bus: Sri Sathya Sai Grama is well connected to Bangalore (Majestic) Bus terminal. All the buses going to Hyderabad, Anantapur, Raichur, Mantralayam, Puttaparthi (APSRTC, KSRTC) stop at Chikkaballapur. The distance between Bangalore (Majestic) Bus terminal and Chikkaballapur is approximately 50 km. Private buses are also available. General estimated journey time is 1 hour 30 minutes via Hebbal, Yellanhanka, Devanahalli and Nandi Cross.

          By Taxi: Private taxi services are available and approximate charges could be Rs. 2500/- + toll via Devanahalli airport toll, Doddaballapur cross, Nandi cross and Chikkaballapur. Another route  is Devanahalli airport toll, Doddaballapur cross, take left at Nandi cross (Nandi Upachar Hotel & RTO) and travel to Karehalli cross (T-junction), take right and reach Nandi temple, take right to reach Muddenahalli after crossing Nandi temple. 

                                                                 

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