In Hindu tradition, Goddess Saraswathi has retained her significance as a divinity from the Vedic age up to the present day. Goddess Saraswathi is called the mother of the Vedas. Basara Temple of Goddess Sraswathi is situated on the river shore of Godavari. It is a census town in the Nirmal district in the Telangana State. It is about 30 km away from Bhainsa, 15. 5 km away from Dharmabad 34. 8 km away from Nizamabad, 96. 0 km away from Nanded, 70 km from district headquarters Nirmal, and 205 km away from Hyderabad.

History of Gnana Saraswathi Temple

According to our history after the Kurukshetra War, Maharishi Vyas and his disciples and sage Viswamitra determined to settle down in a cool and peaceful atmosphere. He arrived to Dandaka forest in the quest for a peaceful abode. He loved that place very much because of the placidity and peacefulness and he selected that place for his prayers. Vyasa Maharishi depleted most of his time in that region performing prayers, hence the place was considered as “Vasara” and then later turned into ”Basara” because of the Marathi language in that area.It is also to be said that this temple is one of the three temples constructed near the confluence of the Manjira and Godavari rivers. Basara is structured in the sixth century by ‘Bijialudu’ a Karnataka king, who ruled the province of Nandagiri with Nanded as his capital.

In the present times, most of the folks visit this Gnana Saraswathi Temple for the ceremony of Aksharabhyasam for their children before they start their formal school education. Children execute the exercise of letters and devote books, pens, pencils notebooks to Gnana Saraswathi the goddess of knowledge.

The pooja at the temple starts at 4 am in the before sunrise with Abhishekam which carries on for an hour.

At 5 o’clock they start the Alankarana with the new sarees are adorned to the goddesses. The whole surrounding is very pious and pure.

At 6 am, in the rays of the morning sun, the aarti bigins at the temple after which the prasadam is given to the devotees.

Special Archanas and celebrations are conducted at the temple during Maha Shivaratri, beginning 15 days before (Vasantha Panchami) and persuing 3 days after the festival. Devi Navarathrulu is grandly celebrated for ten days during Dushera.

The temple also has a Mahakali idol positioned on the 1st floor very near to the main temple. Devotees frequently visit the nearby mountain which has an Idol of Goddess Saraswathi on the peak of the rock. The image of Lakshmi stands barring the Goddess Saraswathi in the sanctum sanctorum. Due to the presence of Goddess Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Kali, Basara is regarded as the abode of the divine trinity.

How to reach Gnana Saraswathi Temple

The temple is located about 210 kilometres by road from the nearest city Hyderabad. It is well linked by district buses, run by TSRTC, MSRTC buses also run from Hyderabad, Nanded, etc. The railway station near to the temple is Basar Railway Station, located about 2.4 km away.

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