Sathya Sai Baba Deceptions Exposed

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Puttaparthi ghost town blues

Posted by robertpriddy on December 4, 2017

It has long been reported repeatedly – and further detailed on this website recently, Puttaparthi is receding into relative oblivion since the disease-depleted corpse of Sathya Sai was buried, long before all his predictions of how he would live into his 90s. 

This fact of Puttaparti’s spiritual-economic demise is becoming more widely known in India from its own journalists, despite continuing attempts of the Prashanthi Nilayam gang to pretend and preach otherwise. The following article from is an excellent example of this trend.

With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba’s demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle

by G.S. Radhakrishna Dec, 02 2017   from

Even six years after the death of Sathya Sai Baba, hailed by his devotees as a living god or bhagwan, the once small arid hamlet of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district is still mourning. Maybe not so much over the demise of its local demi-god Sai baba, but more over the cascading negative impact of his death on the economy, trade, and loss of recognition and pride for Puttaparthi in the country. “Our town is just like Tirumala without Lord Balaji,” said a local hotelier Mahabaleswar Gupta of Puttaparthi.

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who participated in the 92nd birthday celebrations of Sai baba at the Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi town on 23 November, dwelt on the need to resurrect the institutions – universities, water projects, hospitals, meditation centers – set up by Sathya Sai baba in India and overseas. He urged devotees to keep the “flame of universal brotherhood and service to humanity” propounded by the godman burning.

The death of a town

Following his death after a prolonged illness on 24 April, 2011, Puttaparthi has lost not only its spiritual charm and economic focus but also VVIP attention. The civil aviation ministry has cancelled all flights to Puttaparthi and shut down the Sri Sathya Sai Airport built for Sai baba by corporate L&T group in 1990. Only chartered flights of visiting VVIPs are allowed to land with special permission.

When Sai baba was alive, a regular flow of 25,000-30,000 foreign and several lakh Indian devotees came annually to the Sai baba ashram at Puttaparthi to pay homage to him. And, on his birthdays, special conferences and conventions were organised to highlight the event. However, the controversies after his death and the fight for control among the trust and family members has led to a reduced devotee flow. Not more than 3,000-4,000 foreigners and a few thousand Indians visit the ashram in a year now.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust comprising some close aides of Sai baba is now running activities at the ashram but the absence of political visits and media focus has led to neglect. Nowadays the Prashanti Nilayam and its guest houses have become service providers for political and corporate events, instead of housing devotees. When Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to Anantapur district for his walkathon in July, 2015, he used the Prashanti Nilayam to meet local Congressmen and address the media. TDP (Telugu Desam Party) and YSRC (YSR Congress) party leaders also use the spacious guest houses built by Sai baba to host prime ministers, chief ministers and industrial giants.

Since 2011, construction activities and registration of assets have also fallen in Puttaparthi. From Rs 5.6 crore in the year ending March, 2011, it dropped to Rs 2.9 crore in 2012-13 and just Rs 42 lakhs in 2016, said the sub-registrar of properties at Bukkapatnam. Nearly 800 apartments are vacant and looking for buyers and some investors have also withdrawn from the flats they had given advance for at Puttaparthi.

Business takes a hit

Gone are the days when the outskirts of Puttaparthi town were dotted with huge colonies of campers in vans and buses, which filled up empty spaces on fields for miles. Though a gram panchayat with less than 10,000 population, the Andhra Pradesh government had upgraded it to a municipality in the 1970s and created a PUDA (Puttaparthi Urban Development Authority) in 1990 converting vacant lands 50 kilometres around the town to residential and commercial zones.

Now with Sai baba gone, most builders, contractors, traders and hoteliers wear a worried look because of the fall in number of visitors. Most of the over 300 Kashmiri traders in handicrafts and artifacts who had a bustling business then have now shifted to Bangalore and Chennai. “I waited for a year for some miracle to occur and bring back business, but nothing has happened and the rich and famous have almost stopped coming, business is fading,” said Mohammed Aslam Khan of Srinagar who has now set up shop at Bangalore’s Jayanagar.

Many locals fear that now only monkeys, donkeys and dogs will dominate the area. Some are hopeful that Puttaparthi will bounce back to life like Shirdi. “No one knew of Shirdi till Bollywood made films about it. Puttaparthi will flourish again, but that will take a long time. I wonder if we can wait that long,” said Gopala Krishna Iyer who runs a once-bustling eatery shop.

“We locals are used to such phases of inactivity as no devotees came when Saibaba was at Whitefield in Bangalore or at the Kodaikanal ashram. But now, we have a permanent off-season and sort of a ghost town in western movies without guests and devotees at Puttaparthi,” said Dinakar Rao, a local advocate who has shifted to Dharmavaram for practice.

In the absence of Sai baba, liquor shops, bars, meat shops and cinema halls have descended at Puttaparthi which did not exist during his lifetime. “Things have changed, but the Sai baba legacy and the activities of the Trust are still revered,” said RV Ratnakar, a Trust member and nephew of Sai baba (son of late RV Janakiram, brother of the ‘godman’).

Waiting for Sai baba

Sai baba’s devotees wait for his successor who, according to his prophecy, will arrive in the year 2030. According to official reports submitted to the Andhra Pradesh government after Sai baba’s death in 2011, the Trust has a fixed deposit of Rs 1,500 crore in banks and earns an annual interest of Rs 120 crore. It also received donations worth over Rs 60 crore a year. Though the Godman had institutionalised the Trust with trusted professionals like former Chief Justice of India PN Bhagwati, Supreme Court judges VR Krishna Iyer, V Balakrishna Eradi and retired Andhra Pradesh High Court judge YV Anjaneyulu, many of them have now distanced themselves from the organisation in view of the power struggle.

Interestingly and with foresight, Sai baba had stalled all attempts by relatives to corner the Trusts and the corpus. There were days when his brother Janakiram sat at the gates of the ashram and tried to interfere in the day-to-day affairs when Sai baba was sick. There are nearly 200 relatives in the extended family, who have opened restaurants, shopping malls, taxi services and become contractors in Puttaparthi, banking on his influence and cashing in on his recommendations. The only reason family was kept away from the Trust was the threat by the Andhra Pradesh government of a takeover in 2011 by invoking the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act, 1959 if the power struggle continued. But for now, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle that will change its fortunes.

NOTE: The financial information above is long out-of-date as it refers to the situation just after SB’s death in 2011. This year there is a considerably reduced financial situation, as seen in their annual report:-

Page 10 of the document is a small mention of Income & Expenditures (with no other details); taking into account the donations vs expenses, it looks like they had to dig into their capital fund to the tune of nearly 3 crores to cover expenses.

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Ex-Industries Minister Dr. J Geetha Reddy made thousands visit Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on September 30, 2014

Industry Minister Dr. Geetha Reddy at the fundral of Sai Baba

Industry Minister Dr. Geetha Reddy at the fundral of Sai Baba

One of those who helps investigate matters concerning the exposé has brought my attention to a female Indian Industry Minister who was very deeply involved with Sathya Sai Baba. There was an interview with Dr. Reddy which proves that she was with Sathya Sai Baba throughout his entire hospitalisation, save for a few days due to her other pressing engagements. She had been a very privileged VVIP for well over 10 years, though there are few media reports on the closeness of this connection and all that it most likely implied. Most of the sparse mentions of her and Sai Baba on the www are shown below (click on the thumbnail images to read the various media reports). She was the only woman shown close to the casket during the funeral celebration in the Kulwant Hall and was closer to the casket than Sai Baba’s female family members.

 This minister was but one of many, of course, who regularly visited Sai Baba at Prashanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, as well as Prime Ministers and Presidents of India, many of whom tended to bring huge entourages with them.  It is reported that Ms. Reddy’s own electoral supporters were brought along by her in full buses on junkets (free meals and rooms etc.)  to fill out the Kulwant Hall and get the best places for Sai Baba darsans.  This opens up a new aspect on the latter years of Sai Baba – after he became so widely accused of sexual and other abuses and himself became an invalid in a wheelchair. The considerable and increasing fall-off in foreign visitors from 2000 onwards (visible on all photos of darshans in those years) was evidently a deficit which the Prashanthi officials, necessarily acting with Sai Baba’s go-ahead, tried to replace by such means. Not least, the railway authorities offered free rail travel to and from Puttaparthi to all who would visit as ‘service workers’, which all members of the organisation were supposed to be the tourist authorities of Andhra Pradesh recommended visits to Sai Baba ashrams as a foreign tourist attraction and included Puttaparti on the main pilgrimage agenda, which provides very popular tours of temples and holy spots, often lasting several days and even weeks. This strongly suggests that other VIPs might well have been arranging ‘filler’ devotees to make it look like there were many more  people than there actually were!


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Posted by robertpriddy on September 3, 2012


Prashanthi Nilayam and environment - 1990s  


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Puttaparthi: Sai Baba property boom slump

Posted by robertpriddy on June 11, 2012

Puttaparthi: The bottom has fallen out of the former Sai Baba property boom during the last year. Property prices rose enormously since the 1970s and land prices multiplied many times over. Investing in Puttaparthi property was always a big risk due not least the many untrustworthy land owners, agents and lawyers selling apartment on the river flood plain and swindling foreigners in many ways over property deals, not excluding the Sathya Sai ashram. The alarm bells about the utter dependency of property prices etc. on the presence in Prashanthi Nilayam of Sathya Sai Baba did not ring much until around 2007 when the Sathya Sai Central Trust to sell off the airport, without any luck whatever, warning thereby that it was a ‘white elephant’ on the property market. (Only a few flights per week and then only when Sai Baba was residing in Puttaparthi). The Sathya Sai Airport was donated by the government to Sathya Sai Baba through a high-level scam by the devotee Mr. M.K. Kaw (see here) who was the Secretary of Civil Aviation and who had been a devotee since the 1960s when Sai Baba’s car stopped beside him while he was standing in a road in Arunachala Pradesh.

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Fall-out since the death of Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on October 6, 2011

The following information was sent to me two days ago from a Russian source:-
“A man from Russia went to Puttaparthi about a year ago. He wanted Sathya Sai Baba to bless some symbols and projects connected with a project he was promoting. He desperately needed a place on the veranda to contact Sai Baba to ask him for blessing and so he asked the all-Russia coordinator for help. He was refused. He got very angry with this Sai-VIP and warned him that if he did not help him to get a place on the veranda, he would tell everything to Sai Baba dissidents and the information would be posted on a critical site. Next day he was sitting on the veranda.

From time to time I get some information about the people with whom we were together before leaving Sai Baba. Almost all of them stopped visiting the centre and its office activities. The man who got onto the veranda told me recently that he was not going to visit Prashanti Nilayam in the future because it would not have any sense for him. “Sai Baba is not there now”,  he said. Another couple of Russian devotees who live in the ashram for a long period left Puttaparthi for the north of India. Another Russian lady who we knew from 1997 said that the ashram is empty spiritually without SSB and now she is traveling across India visiting other ashrams. There are evidently increasingly difficult differences among Sai Baba followers.”

Search interest on Sathya Sai Baba via Google has steadily been going down for the last 3 months. In September the number of searches is about half of what was in July.

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The failing International Sai Organization, its dilemmas and unpopularity

Posted by robertpriddy on May 30, 2011

The International Sai Organization is evidently struggling even harder than before to try to create some attractions to followers. During the last years, Sathya Sai Baba said nothing new and has been unavailable to all but a limited number of persons around him. The Sai Organization has always struggled to recruit new members, managing only to get a small fraction of supposed followers to join as members (despite production of inflated figures across the board!). Many have left the organization, increasingly after the exposure of Sathya Sai Baba’s widely reported sexual activities in 1999, but dissatisfaction with the running, the rules, the lack of openings for feedback or initiatives other than those the manipulative and largely ineffectual leaders accepted, all of whom were mere puppets for what Sai Baba and his top advisors decided. Now that the Sathya Sai Central Trust is in complete disarray and has been seen by all to be an extremely secretive and suspicious set-up, the organization is not unaffected. All this shows that much of the hot air has leaked from the Sai balloon already. The ‘authorities’ are in difficulties – as the fact that this blog has risen so high on Google searches also shows. There is almost nothing with which they can really interest people, and only the most totally converted ‘lost souls’ are going to read all the boring and un-inventive parrot-like speeches or lectures the organization is preparing for their websites and meetings. After the ignominious death and failure of Sai Baba by any reckoning to reach 96 years of age (as widely published by major newspapers), his credibility in the wider world cannot but sink further from now on.

Most likely, the razzamatazz Disneyland-style Puttaparthi set-up with its garish colours and architecture will remain a major pilgrimage destination for ordinary Indians for the foreseeable future, especially if the showpiece festivities are stepped up as planned. It has been expressly built for that purpose, especially over the last 10 years, with the aid of money from the Andhra Pradesh government to promote tourism and free or cheap rail passes and other State-subsidised transport facilities. The flamboyant Chaitanya Jyoti building and its crude propaganda is a prime exhibit, a delight for simple minds – as is the Sai Baba promotional ‘Spiritual Heritage Museum’. Free handouts of sweets and simple meals – costing little to the super-rich ashram – have also been a large attraction to villagers and poor people wanting a day out, of course.  So we now have, for lower middle class Indians and peasants, a minor Tirupati, or a minor Shirdi. That is the way India still works. Pop religion is thriving there, especially under more modern gurus like Baba Ramdev – who makes no divine claims, except perhaps about the curative powers of Yoga.  Until education levels rise for the “plebs”, it will remain so.


My mailbox regularly receives evidence that there are those who have felt the abuse of faith – also on their bodies – and who know from personal experience that most of the ‘mystery’ that Sathya Sai Baba and his minions have built up around him is a cynical snare, a miasma and a delusion.Just today the mail scanned and shown on the right was forwarded to me:-

Meanwhile, the Sai Organization outside India and countries which have large resident Indian or Tamil populations (Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad etc.) has lost many adherents and will no doubt suffer a withering now that the person of Sai Baba is no more and cannot be visited or bestow supposed blessings. There are many other gurus and self-appointed avatars in or from India which exert more attraction nowadays (egs. the ‘hugging mother’, Ravi Shankar, Bala Sai Baba, Kalki Avatar, Kripalu Maharaj and even sex-exposed Swami Nityananda… to name but a few). Without the person, there is little or no fascination at all for non-Hindus, with the possible exception of more “backward” and less affluent Russians, Poles, Indonesians, etc.

The Sai organization website at is strapped for real news that would attract visitors, but they point out that “The Venezuelan Government has issued a proclamation extolling Swami as a great soul of India, a Mahatma. The Venezuelan statement refers to “ON OCCASION OF THE PHYSICAL DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SPIRITUAL LEADER OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA, SATHYA SAI BABA” The physical “disappearance” indeed, – and under extremely questionable and totally secret circumstances. In any country where the rule of law and human rights counts for much, the illness and death of Sathya Sai Baba would have been investigated thoroughly or else there would have been a public outcry of dimensions! Not so in India, where even his ‘ordinary’ devotees cannot have a say in anything. So much for Indian democracy and law in action!  Among other ‘considerations’ – the Venezuelan declaration also states, CONSIDERING THAT There exist excellent spiritual, cultural, commercial, technological, and diplomatic relations between the people and governments of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of India.” This may seem rather surprising to outsiders, but some top political figures in Venezuela visited Sathya Sai Baba in the past and were ‘captivated’ by him. The declaration is obviously made by a mere handful of those who are in power, and does not represent the opinions of many people there, of course. That there is a strong element of politics in the declaration is likely – even appeasement of all those prominent power-brokers in India who set so much store by Sai Baba and try to promote him to foreign governments and the U.N. (but with extremely limited success).

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Sai Baba’s minion former Chief Justice Bhagwati showed total disrespect for justice

Posted by robertpriddy on May 1, 2011

full text of arrticle from Times of India entitled ‘Sai Baba, my god, dictated my every single judgment’

In one of the most noteworthy interviews yet given in connection with Sathya Sai Baba, former High Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati – to the Times of India – makes clear he is certainly not a man of justice or anything like upright and honest and is not even his own man, as the title of the Times article makes fully clear:-
‘Sai Baba, my god, dictated my every single judgment’. This seems to mean Sai Baba made him signed the infamous letter signed by Bhagwati along with PM  A.P. Vajpayee attacking (unnamed) vested interests who were accusing Sai Baba ‘recklessly’. It was itself reckless, being based entirely on belief and without any preceeding investigation whatever (see the facts here).

The comments so far show that Bhagwati has no supporters, no doubt because of the gigantic contravention of justice he displays and his mendacious replies about the murders, about which he most definitely knew full well.

As a director on the Board of the Sathya Sai Central Trust he should have a round figure as to the trust’s assets… but he claims ignorance.  Worse than fishy.

Hari Sampath, (Technology and Management Consultant) the original petitioner to the Supreme Court against Sathya Sai Baba – whose petition was advanced by the famous lawyer Kamini Jaiswal but which was rejected out of hand and the evidence destroyed (but for one vital copy!) – has posted the following questions to Bhagwati. No doubt there will be no answer received:-

Mr Bhagwati, I have some questions for you, although from your interview I have already got all answers. I had given a formal complaint to the CBI against Sai Baba in March 2001, and moved the Supreme court of India through a Public Interest litigation under article 32 of the constitution ( hope you remember this PIL law as you were the one who initiated it). From your responses it is very clear you have no respect for the law or the constitution, and you clearly state that any man/woman “revered” by millions as divine should not be investigated for any crime. Have you heard of the legal maxim “Justitia non novit patrem nec matrem; solum verrtatem spectat justitia. (Justice knows neither father nor mother; justice looks to the truth alone.), or for that matter “audi alteram partem” ( hear the other side), which are the basic pillars of natural justice ? If you have a case before you with even eyewitnesses who say Sai Baba raped a young boy , and if your judgment is ” what is the point of investigation, as I think he is god”…I think you must be locked up in a lunatic asylum. When the whole world is aware of the fact 6 murders took place in Sai Baba’s bedroom in June 1993, you- a Sai Baba trust member, who had extensive confabulations with the then home minister SB Chavan to close the case, now claim ” I was in Delhi and am not aware of it, I don’t know” , you must either be delusional or a fraudster. Shame on you Bhagwati, its a national disgrace that you were Chief Justice.

This surely deserved the replies it got:-
JUSTICE LOVING (Putaparthi) replies to Hari Sampath
1 hr ago (12:33 PM)
Proud to know people like Hari Sampath stood up against powerful criminals and ashamed to know that country produced CJI like Mr. Bhagwati. I agree that in the public interest, Mr. Bhagwati should be locked up in a lunatic asylum.

Sam Rai (India) replies to Hari Sampath
2 hrs ago (12:22 PM)
All the teachers at the Sathya Sai School and University in Puttaparthy and Whitefield are ex-students who were appointed by Sathya Sai Baba himself! Each of them was at one time a Form boy. Form boy is a term used in his school and University for boys who were sexually abused by Baba! Because they were sexually abused at a very young age most of them have become Gays! And these Gay teachers are now continuing to sexually abuse younger students, and this culture is continuing there!

P.N. Bhagwati shows signs of having ‘lost his marbles’ now that he has no Lord and Master to tell him what to do (he imagined), as he claims Sai Baba did in every detail, as many devotees often claim was his mystical way of communicating! His tearful talk shows he is emotionally unstable and his statements show he is mentally unstable too. Worst of all, India has had to live under his corruption and all that of Sathya Sai Baba too. It leaves behind an Augean stable that will take decades to clean up, if then!

You can see a selected list of prominent signers of the Petition here.


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