Puttaparthi, visited by myriads of devotees and tourists all round the year is the headquarters of the Prashanti Nilayam Ashram of Sathya Sai Baba. The most noteworthy yearly festivals celebrated at Puttaparthi include New Year's Day, The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet, Makara Sankranti, Maha Shivarathri, Ugadi, Sri Rama Navami, Tamil New Year, Vishu, Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam, Easwaramma Day, Buddha Poornima , Ashadi Ekadashi, Guru Poornima, Sri Krishna Janmashtami, Onam, Ganesh Chaturthi, Avatarhood Declaration Day, Vijaya Dashami, Global Akhanda Bhajan, Deepavali, Rathothsavam (Chariot Festival), Ladies day, SSS University Convocation, Bhagawan Baba’s Birthday, Christmas etc.
Some of the festivals exclusive to Puttaparthi are elaborated below.
The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet organized on 11th of January every year at the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium is the sports and cultural festival of the Primary School, the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School and the three University campuses of Anantapur, Brindavan and Prasanthi Nilayam. Till lately this meet used to be inaugurated by Sathya Sai Baba by lighting the Sports meet torch. After the inauguration the students of all campuses perform March Past which is followed by the extraordinary demonstrations of adventure, vivid and artistic group performances and extremely well synchronized musical group drills. Afterwards various sports and cultural competitions are held which conclude on 14th January with the Valedictory Function and the Prize Distribution.
Sri Sathya Sai Aradhana Mahotsavam celebrated in the month of April by the Ashram and the university students incorporates Veda Recitation, cultural programs, Guru Vandanam, addresses by various eminent personalities, talk by the students and many other events.
Easwaramma Day celebrated on the 6th May every year commemorates the death anniversary of Devi Eeswaramma; the blessed mother of Sathya Sai Baba.
Avatarhood Declaration Day celebrated on 20th October commemorates the sacred day of the year 1940 when Satyanarayana Raju revealed his divine powers and heavenly identity to the world.
Global Akhanda Bhajan is organized in the second week of November when devotional songs are chanted continuously without break for 24 hours at all the Sathya Sai Centers in the world for peace, harmony and bliss of entire mankind.
Rathothsavam (Chariot Festival) celebrated in the month of November some days before the birthday of Sathya Sai Baba marks the beginning of his Birthday Celebrations. On this day, the students of Sathya Sai University carry the idols of Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Devi Sita in a chariot and palanquin in a grand procession that initiates from Sai Kulwant Hall and heads towards the Old Mandir. The procession is accompanied with the students and devotees chanting the Vedic hymns and singing Bhajans.
Ladies day is celebrated on 19th November since 1995 to emphasize the importance of women in human race and to glorify the ideal of motherhood.
Bhagawan Baba’s Birthday is celebrated on 23rd November every year when millions of devotees of Baba from every corner of the globe throng the Prashanti Nilayam Ashram of Puttaparthi.