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This magnificent fort is situated on the foothills of the Rayadurg Town. This unique hill fort was constructed by Junga Nayak. A part of this fort wall has disintegrated. There are four caves placed beneath the slope which has small doors of stone with sculptors of Siddhas. The area of the fort comprises of many village temples of Elamma, Narashimhaswamy and Hanuman.
The mortal remains of Sathya Sai Baba’s parents, Sri Pedda Venkama Raju and Smt. Eswaramma, are housed in a mausoleum (Samadhi) off the Main road, down the ‘Samadhi Road.’ The Samadhi is made of black stone, and always kept spotlessly clean. There is also a Ganesha idol in front of the Samadhi. Sai Baba used to visit this Shrine on His birthdays and Eswaramma Day celebrated as Children's Day on the 6th of May every year.
Penukonda Fort is one of the must visit attractions which it offers through its forts & temples. Inside the fort are 35 temples, in Penukonda there are 300 plus temples. 65 Kms from Anantapur, it once served as the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire for a short period. It is considered as one of the holiest places in south India, It has 365 temples of Lord Hanuman. This place is also popular for the Babaiah Dargah (Mausoleum), the Dargah of 12th Century Sufi Saint Hazrat Syed Shah Baba Fakruddin Suharwardy (R.A). It is a perfect symbol of brotherhood & communal harmony between communities.
Other places of interest are the Spiritual Museum and Sri Sathya Sai University in Anantapur.