Gnana Saraswati Temple Basara Temple is a Hindu temple of god Saraswati located on the river of Godavari river at Basara, Telangana, India. it’s one of the 2 famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being in Jammu & Kashmir. Saraswati is the Hindu god of information and learning. children are brought to the temple for the learning ceremony called as Akshara abyasam. Basara is a census in the in the Adilabad district in the state of Telangana. It’s regarding 30 kilometer (19 mi) from Bhainsa, 15.5 kilometer (10 mi) from Dharmabad, 34.8 kilometer (22 mi) from Nizamabad, 70 kilometer (43 mi) from Nirmal, and 205 kilometer (127 mi) from Hyderabad.
Gnana Saraswati Temple History:
According to legend, Vyasa Maharishi and his disciples and sage Śuka decided to relax in a cool and serene atmosphere when the Kurukshetra War. in the pursue a peaceful abode, he came to Dandaka forest and, happy with serenity of the region, selected this place. after his ablutions in the Godavari, Maharishi Vyasa used to bring 3 handful of sand and place it in 3 small lots and made pictures of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali with his mystic power and later conducted prayers. This idol fabricated from sand has its face unclean with turmeric. uptake a little bit of this turmeric paste, it’s believed, can enhance one’s knowledge and information. Since Maharishi Vyasa spent considerable time in prayers, the place was then called “Vasara” and become Basara due to the influence of the marathi language in the region. However, according to the Brahmanda Purana, the poet Vyasa Maharshi installed Saraswati and wrote Omaha BHARATH here. there is a marble image of Vyasa Maharshi and his Samādhi near the temple. It is also believed that this temple is one of the 3 temples constructed near the confluence of the Manjira and Godavari rivers by Ashtrakutas. Historically, ‘Bijialudu’ a Karnataka king, who ruled the province of Nandagiri with Nanded as his capital in the sixth century, constructed the temple at Basara.
Now a days the river Godavari, behind the temple taken , Many pilgrims come to Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basara Temple to perform the “Akshara abhyasam” ceremony for the kids before they start formal school education. the children perform the exercise of letters, and devote books, pens, pencils notebooks to the god of knowledge. The Puja at the temple starts at 4 am in morning with Abhishekam that carries on for an hour. At 5 o’clock they start the Alankarana whereby the new sarees are adorned to the goddesses. the whole atmosphere is extremely pious and pure. At 6 am, in the rays of the morning sun, the haarati starts at the Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basara Temple after which the prasadam is given to the devotees. Special poojas and celebrations are held at the Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basara Temple during Maha Shivaratri, starting 15 days before (Vasantha Panchami) and continuing 3 days when the festival. Devi Navarathrulu is celebrated for 10 days during Dasara Festival. The Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basara Temple also has a Mahakali idol situated on the 1st floor very near to the main temple. Devotees usually visit the nearby mountain that has an Idol of god Saraswati on the highest of the rock. The image of lakshmi stands besides the god Saraswati in the sanctum sanctorum. due to the presence of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali, Basara is considered as the abode of the divine trinity.
How to Reach Gnana Saraswati Temple, Basara Temple
Hydearabad to Basara = 212 km by Road
Nijamabad to Basara Temple = 35 Km by Road
Nearest Railway station Nijamabad,
Nearest Airport in Samshabad in Hydearabad.