Sathya Sai Baba, who was born in Puttaparthi and claimed to be the reincarnation of Shiridi Sai Baba, is also a saint and a miracle worker.
Healings, resurrections, miracles, and omniscience were all reported by his disciples as indications of divinity, while sceptics saw them as symptoms of contention.
He was regarded as "unusually brilliant" as a youngster, demonstrating excellent attributes of compassion, kindness, and knowledge that were unlike those of his peers at the time.
He possessed exceptional abilities in religious music, dance, and theatre. He was said to have been able to materialise objects such as food and sweets out of thin air when he was a child.
Sathya Sai Baba taught the highest values of truth, morality, peace, and divine love.
Sathya was allegedly stung by a scorpion on March 8, 1940, while living with his elder brother Sesham Raju in Uravakonda, a tiny village near Puttaparthi. He was unconscious for several hours, and Sathya's behaviour changed dramatically during the next four days. According to the report, there were "symptoms of laughter and weeping, eloquence, and silence." It is said that "he began to sing Sanskrit verses, a language of which he had no prior knowledge."
Instead of reacting violently when an exorcist sought to heal his conduct via intense torture, he remained calm and cool.
On May 23, 1940, Sathya summoned his family members and allegedly manifested prasad and flowers for them. When his father saw this, he grew enraged, believing his kid had been bewitched. He grabbed a stick and threatened to beat Sathya if he didn't divulge his true identity. On October 20, 1940, the young Sathya calmly and firmly replied, "I am Sai Baba," a reference to Shirdi's Sai Baba. This was the first time he declared himself to be Shirdi's Sai Baba's reincarnation.
Sathya Sai Baba had a stroke and four heart attacks in 1963, leaving him paralysed on one side. These episodes culminated in an occasion on which he seemed to cure himself in front of hundreds of people who had assembled in Prashanthi Nilayam to pray for his recovery.
Following his recovery, Sai Baba said that he would one day be resurrected as Prema Sai Baba in the neighbouring state of Karnataka.
Sai Baba foretold that he would live to be 96 years old and that he would be well till then. Following his death, several devotees speculated that he was referring to the number of lunar years, which Telugu-speaking Hindus use, rather than solar years, and that he was utilising the Indian method of calculating age.
Shri Satya Sai made it possible to install a 2005-kilometre-long water pipe system to provide pure drinking water to 731 villages and communities.