With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba's demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle
Even six years since 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.
Puttaparthi is getting ready for the one year anniversary of Sathya Sai Baba's death. But can the Sai Baba rest in peace while his heirs squabble over his legacy? Here's the latest - an angry open letter addressed to his nephew.
Forget the 35 lakhs seized in a car leaving Puttaparthi. That's the least of the problems for Sai Baba's empire as it faces the future. Where should it look for guidance? Shirdi? Pondicherry? Tirupati?
The Sai Baba transformed the small village of Puttaparthi into a bustling town. Puttaparthi is anxiously waiting to see if the crowds will return now that its crowd-puller-in-chief is gone.
The last rites of Sai Baba move millions to tears at Puttaparthi; online, devotees join in to express grief on Facebook and Twitter.
India pays last respects to Sathya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi.