Sathya Sai Grama, the Abode of Bliss, is a community that was knitted slowly and steadily, bearing a strong testimony to the amalgamation of human effort and God’s grace. Sri Madiyal Narayan Bhat (fondly called as ‘Anna’) was the catalyst behind the establishment of Sathya Sai Grama at Muddenahalli village, Chikkaballapur District. Kindled by Gandhian philosophy and patriotism on the one side and lofty philosophical sensitivity on the other, he was an epitome of spirituality in thought, word and deed. The purity and sincerity of his spirit for serving his countrymen attracted similar youth in large numbers to walk the noble path of service to humanity. With his band of ardent commandos of service, ‘Loka Seva Vrinda’ was formed in the year 1960 under his direct guidance.
Sri Narayan Bhat’s spiritual hunger and his zeal to serve the country further deepened and shone forth upon his encounter with Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the year 1962. He started the Sathya Sai Vihar School at Alike in the year 1963, and in the year 1973, the first school at Muddenahalli was built, emboldened by Sri Sathya Sai Baba Himself, at every step. Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, current Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence and the Chief Mentor of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Gurukulam, played a key role during the formative years at Muddenahalli. On January 6, 1976, with a desire to build a missionary organisation, Sri Narayan Bhat along with some of his loyal servitors submitted to Baba the desire to offer Loka Seva Vrinda along with its group of educational institutions to Him. Baba lovingly accepted the offering.
Today, Sathya Sai Grama, the name benevolently bestowed by Baba then, provides canopied shelter to many children for learning, growing, and exploring their real purpose in life through spiritual education. The various Trusts such as, Prashanthi Balamandira Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Saraswathi Education Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust, which are the administrative bodies for the educational mission, are also housed in Sathya Sai Grama, which stands firm in its foundation of probity.
This centre of love, service and spirituality that was established more than 50 years ago, has today blossomed into an ever-more vibrant spiritual sanctuary, acting as the main artery with branches of love and service around the world, divinely guided by Sri Sathya Sai Baba from the spirit world, through His chosen instrument, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai.