Basara Saraswathi Temple:
Basara Saraswathi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati that is located on the banks of the Godavari River in Basar, Telangana, India. Basara Temple is one of the two most famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being Sharada Peeth. Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of wisdom and knowledge. Children are brought to the temple for the Akshara abyasam learning ceremony.
Basar is a town in the Nirmal district of the Telangana state. It is approximately 30 kilometres from Bhainsa, 15.5 kilometres from Dharmabad, 34.8 kilometres from Nizamabad, 96.0 kilometres from Nanded, 70 kilometres from district headquarters Nirmal, and 205 kilometres from Hyderabad.
Basara Saraswathi Temple History:
According to Mahabharatha, following the Kurukshetra War, Maharishi Vyas and his pupils, as well as the sage Viswamitra, opted to settle down in a calm and peaceful environment. In his search for a calm haven, he came to Dandaka woodland and, impressed by the area’s tranquillity, chose it. Because Maharishi Vyasa spent so much time praying, the area became known as “Vasara,” which later became Basara due to the Marathi language’s impact in this region.
This Basara Saraswathi Temple is also thought to be one of three built around the confluence of the Manjira and Godavari rivers.
Historically, the temple in Basara was built by ‘Bijialudu,’ a Karnataka king who ruled the province of Nandagiri with Nanded as his capital in the sixth century. Following the destruction inflicted by Muslim invaders, the temple’s idols were restored in the 17th century by a chieftain of Nandagiri (Nanded).
Many pilgrims visit Gnana Saraswati Temple Basar to undertake the “Akshara abhyasam” ceremony for children before they begin formal schooling. The children practise letter formation and dedicate books, pens, pencils, and notebooks to the goddess of wisdom. The Puja at the temple begins at 4 a.m. with Abhishekam and lasts for an hour. At 5 p.m., they begin the Alankarana, in which the fresh sarees are ornamented to the goddesses. The entire atmosphere is holy and pure. At 6 a.m., the aarti begins at the temple, followed by the distribution of prasadam to the devotees.
During Maha Shivaratri, the temple holds special poojas and celebrations that begin 15 days before (Vasantha Panchami) and end three days after the festival. During Dasara, Devi Navarathrulu is celebrated for ten days.
The temple also features a Mahakali idol on the first level, next to the main temple. Devotees frequently visit the neighbouring mountain, which has an Idol of Goddess Saraswati atop it. In the sanctum sanctorum, an image of Lakshmi stands alongside the Goddess Saraswati. Basara is regarded as the residence of the divine trinity due to the presence of Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali.
Basara temple official Website: https://www.basaratemple.org/
Basara Temple Pooja Timings:
Temple Opens – 4:00 AM
Temple Pooja, Issuance of Abhishekam Tickets – 4:00 AM to 4:30 AM
Abhishekam, Alankarana, Harathi, Prasadam – 4:30 AM to 7:30 AM
Archana and Sarva Darshan and other poojas – 7:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Nivedana – Harathi – 12:00 to 12:30 PM
Closed (Dwarabandhanam) – 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Archana and Sarva Darshan and other poojas – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Devasthanam Pradosha Pooja – 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Maha Harathi, Darshanam and Prasadam – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Temple will be closed (Dwarabandhanam) – 8: 30 PM
Basara Saraswathi Temple Aksharabhyasam Online Booking:
Abhishekam – Rs. 200-00
Special Kumkumarchana – Rs. 150-00
Akshara Srikaram / Aksharabhyasam – Rs. 100-00
Sri Sathyanarayana Swami Pooja – Rs. 100-00
Special Akshara Srikaram – Rs. 1,000-00
Nithya Chandi Homam – Rs. 1,116-00
Upanayanam – Rs. 100-00
Pallaki Seva ( Every Friday) – Rs. 200-00
Special Darshanam (only one person) – Rs. 100-00
Vyasa Guha Pravesham – Rs. 5-00
Gnana Jyothi Deepam – Rs. 10-00
Shashvatha Kumkumarchana (Early once) – Rs. 1,016-00
Suvarna Pushparchana (only friday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM) – Rs. 1,116-00
Shashvitha Pooja Abhishekam (Early once) – Rs. 1,116-00
Scooter/Motor Cycle – Rs. 100-00
Car/Jeep – Rs. 150-00
Bus/Lorry/Tractor – Rs 200-00
Basara Temple Rooms Booking:
Guest houses are available here.
Sri Rajanna Nilayam – 2 Suits (A.C) – Rs.1500-00 (per one)
Sri Soma Guest House – 4 Suits (A.C) – Rs.1200-00 (per one)
Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Guest House, Dwaraka Thirumala – 3 Suits(A.C) – Rs.1000-00 (per one)
Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Guest House Vemulawada – 3 Suits (A.C) – Rs.1000-00 (per one)
Sri Durga Malleshwara Swamy Guest House, Vijayawada – 1 Suits (A.C) – Rs. 800-00 (per one)
Sri Laxmi Narsimha Swamy Guest House, Yadagirigutta – 4 Suits (A.C) – Rs.800-00 (per one)
Sri Srisailam Guest House – 3 Suits – Rs.800-00 (per one)
T.T.D 100 Rooms Choultry – 100 Rooms – Rs. 200-00 (per one)
Basara Saraswathi Temple Location:
Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam,
Village & Mandal : Basara
District : Nirmal, Pin – 504101, Telangana, India.
Devasthanam Phone number:(91) 08752 – 255503
Utsavas at Gnana Saraswathi Temple :
- Vasanta Panchami
- Maha Shiv Ratri
- Vyasa Pournima
- Dassera Navratri
Other Places to visit near Basara Temple:
- Sri Mahankali Temple
- Sri Dattatreya Temple
- Sri Vyasa Maharshi Guha
- Sri Vedavathi Shila ( Sri Vedavathi stone)
- Godavari river
- Lord Shiva temple at river Godavari bank
How to reach Basara Saraswathi Temple:
The Basara Temple is around 210 kilometres (by road) from the nearest city of Hyderabad. It is well served by district buses operated by TSRTC. MSRTC buses also run from Hyderabad, Nanded, and other locations. Basar Railway Station, roughly 2.4 kilometres distant, is the closest railway station to the shrine.
basara saraswathi devi temple photos:
Other Famous Temples in Telangana:
Mellacheruvu Shivalayam Temple