Basara Saraswathi Temple is the shrine to Goddess Saraswathi. Located on the banks of Godavari River, this ancient Hindu temple is one of the famous Saraswati temples in Telangana. The most known “Aksharabhyasam” ceremony at this temple is an auspicious ritual.
Pilgrims come here from all around the country to offer prayers and take blessings from the Goddess Saraswati. The ambiance at the temple location makes you believe in the divinity of Goddess Saraswati.
Basara Saraswathi Temple History
Surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with flowers, Gnana Saraswati temple at Basara is a spectacular place. Basara temple history reveals the greatness of the temple’s existence.
The legends say that Sage Veda Vyasa, along with his son Shuka traveled into forests to gain peace after the Kurukshetra. Mesmerized with the pleasantness on the banks of river Godavari, Sage Veda Vyasa started doing penance to acquire tranquility.
Later the Goddess Saraswati was impressed with the dedication of the sage and blessed him. Then, Sage Veda Vyasa brought three heaps of sand from the Godavari River and laid the foundation of the temple. The three heaps of sand symbolize the three goddesses, namely Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali.
The king of Karnataka Bijialudu later built this beautiful temple in the 6th century. Goddess Saraswathi is the symbol of wisdom. One who offers prayer to Goddess Saraswati is said to acquire knowledge. The best destination for performing the “Akshara Abhyasam” ceremony is the Gnana Saraswathi temple in Basara.
It believed that the first formal practice of alphabets at this temple makes the children have an exceptional educational path. Parents bring their children to perform Akshara Abhyasam in the presence of Goddess Saraswati on the auspicious day.
They also offer stationary of the studies such as slates, books, pens, and pencils to Goddess Saraswati to seek the blessings. The place is too overwhelmed with devotees for celebrations of Maha Shivaratri, Vyasa Purnima, and Dussehra Navaratri.
Decorations with Flowers at these auspicious days are marvelous. People from different states gather here to witness the goddess of these most beautiful celebrations.
Architecture of Basara Saraswathi Temple
Gnana Saraswati Temple, located in the village of Basara, is the most popular tourist place. An ample space dedicated to the abode of Goddess Saraswati, Lakshmi, and Kali. The entrance of the temple has few steps and a long path that passes through the gardens and few stationery stalls.
The beauty of the flowers is always pleasant to watch. Once you pass through the path, you will enter the temple. The divinity of Goddess Saraswathi shines throughout the temple. On the ground floor, Goddess Saraswati idol seen in the most beautiful decorations.
There is a large hall across the garbha gudi (sanctum). The four sides inside of the temple have the seating area, and also people perform circumambulations along.
Basara Temple is one of the oldest temples present in the Telangana state. The first floor of the temple has Goddess Mahakali, and the ground has Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Lakshmi.
The divinity of three goddesses adds the mystical charm to the place. Trinity of goddesses adds the incredible uniqueness to this place, and thus many pilgrims visit three idols and offer their prayers. There is also a cave popularly known as Vyasa Maharshi Cave very close to the temple.
The top of the hill adjacent to temple surroundings is the location of the cave. People who visit the Gnana Saraswathi Temple also visit the Vyasa Maharshi cave.
Basara Temple Pooja & Seva
Devotees from far away visit Gnana Saraswathi temple every day to offer prayers and take blessings. There are many pooja & seva performed at the temple for Goddess Saraswati, Kali, and Lakshmi. The following list helps you in knowing the details of the pooja & seva at the temple:
|Akshara Srikaram/ Aksharabhyasam||100/-|
|Sri Satyanarayana Swamy pooja||100/-|
|Special Akshara Srikaram||1000/-|
|Nitya Chandhi Homam||1116/-|
|Shashvitha Pooja Abhishekam||1116/-|
The above are the poojas & seva conducted in the temple. The timings and the other aspects of the pooja may differ on special days. The pooja & seva are performed as per the temple timings, and they can entirely change the same. If you are planning for pooja, consult temple in charge or the priest to know the complete details.
The temple also has the vahana pooja facility. The vahana pooja is conducted for the vehicles. It is believed that the vahana pooja makes sure to eliminate the dangers for the concerned vehicle and the person riding it. To ensure the safe ride of the vehicle, people bring their newly purchased vehicles to the temple to do vahana pooja. The vahana pooja for different vehicle conducted at the temple is as in the list below,
Name of the vehicle and ticket price
- Two-wheelers ( Scooter/motorcycle) 100/-
- Four-wheelers ( Car/Jeep) 150/-
- Heavy Vehicles ( Bus/ Lorry/Tractor) 200/-
Basara Temple Timing
The magnificent Gnana Saraswathi temple at Basara welcomes devotees with divinity. The Basara Temple Timings are as below,
- Temple Opens 4:00 AM
- Mangala Vaidyam 4:00 AM
- Abhishekam 4:30 AM
- Alankaram 5:00 AM
- Maha Harthi 6:00 AM
- Sarva Darshanam 7:30 AM
- Harathi & Naivedhyam 12:30 PM
- Temple closes 1:00 PM
- Temple reopens 2:00 PM
- Kumkum Archana 2:00 PM
- Harathi 7:30 PM
- Temple closes 8:30 PM
The above are the Gnana Saraswati Temple timings
The timings on the list may differ on special days and festivals. Please confirm with the temple in charge before preparing for the pooja.
The Gnana Saraswati Temple Aksharabhyasam Timings are as below,
- Morning 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
- Afternoon 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Aksharaabhyasam is performed every day at the temple. Most of the devotees perform this ritual on the auspicious day. The Basara temple Aksharabhyasam timings may differ on the special days and festivals. The materials required for this ritual are available at the temple premises.
Basara Saraswathi Temple Location
Basara Temple receives all huge attention due to its spectacular uniqueness. Sri Gnana Saraswati Temple located in the Basara village of the Nirmal district. Surrounded by a mesmerizing view, it is one of the most popular Goddess Saraswathi temples in Telangana state. You can drive here in a car or RTC buses. The frequency of buses from Nizamabad is very high.
Sri Gnana Saraswati Temple is 33 kilometers from Nizamabad
- 102 kilometers from Korutla
- 173 kilometers from Karimnagar
- 230 kilometers from Hyderabad city
- Sri Gnana Saraswati Temple is 2 kilometers from Basara Railway station.
- Sri Gnana Saraswati Temple is 257 kilometers from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Temple Address: Basara Mandal, Nirmal District, Basara, Telangana-504101.
Gnana Saraswati Temple Accommodation
Basara Temple accommodations for the pilgrims is as below,
|S.No||Name of the Accommodation||Charges per day|
|1||TTD guest house||100/-|
|2||TTD guest house||200/-|
|3||Sri Yadagirigutta guest house||800/-|
|4||Sri Mallikarjuna Nilayam||800/-|
|5||Lakshmi Narasimha Nilayam||800/-|
|6||Kanaka Durga Cottage||800/-|
|8||Dwaraka Tirumala Cottage||1000/-|
- The accommodation facility is open for 24 hours.
- No online booking is available for reservation.
- Devotees have to reach the accommodation facility for rooms.
- Rooms are strictly not allocated to a single person.
- Rooms are allocated only for people who would visit the temple and river.
- Carry your ID proof at the time of check-in.
Basara is a beautiful place to visit. Few of the places which might grab your attention at the Basara are:
- Godavari River
- Vyasa Maharshi Cave
- Lord Shiva Temple
- Ali Sagar Dam
- Jankampet Lake
For more information regarding the Gnana Saraswathi temple, please visit the official website of the temple.