Sri Gnana Saraswati Temple is located on the banks of River Godavari at Basar, Telangana, India.
This is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple is one of the two famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being in Jammu & Kashmir.
Children are brought here for the ceremony of “Akshara abyasam” or “Akshara Puja” to start their education with the blessings of the Goddess of Knowledge & Wisdom.
The temple also has a Mahakali idol situated on the 1st floor very near to the main temple. Devotees often go to the nearby mountain which has an Idol of Goddess Saraswati on the top of the rock. The image of Lakshmi stands beside Goddess Saraswati in the sanctum sanctorum. Due to the presence of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali, Basara is considered as the abode of the divine trinity.
According to the legend Maharishi Vyasa and his disciples and sage Suka Maharshi decided to settle down in a cool and serene atmosphere after the Kurukshetra war.
In the quest for the peaceful abode, he came to Dandaka forest and pleased with serenity of the region selected this place. After his ablutions in the river Godavari, he meditated and propitiated the Goddess who eventually appeared before him and granted her presence in the form of the divine trinity.
The Goddess ordered the sage to place three handful of sand at three places every day. Miraculously these sand dunes transformed into the idols of the divine trinity i.e., Goddess Saraswathi, Goddess Lakshmi, & Goddess Kali.
This place was initially named after Vyasa and was called "Vyasapuri". Later on it became Vasara and finally Basara/Basar due to the influence of the Marathi language in the region.
The Eight Pushkarnis:
About 100 meters from the temple there is the cave, where the devout ‘Narahari Maluka’ is believed to have performed rigorous penance. There is a four-sided monolith rock called ‘Vedavathi’, which produces different sounds on each side when struck. It is said to contain jewels of Sita Devi.
There are eight ‘Pushkarnis’ spread across the village known as ‘Indra Teeratham’, ‘Surya Teeratham’, ‘Vyasa Teeratham’, ‘Valmiki Teeratham’, ‘Vishnu Teeratham’, ‘Ganesha Teeratham’, ‘Puthra Teeratham’ and ‘Shiva Teeratham’.
· Maha Shivaratri (February-March)
· Devi Navaratrulu (Septmber-October)
· Vasanta Panchami
· Vyasa Pournima
The temple remains open every day from 4:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Nearby Places to Visit:
· Sri Mahankali Temple
· Sri Dattatreya Temple
· Sri Vyasa Maharshi Guha
· Sri Vedavathi Shila ( Sri Vedavathi stone)
· Lord Shiva temple at river Godavari bank
City : Basara
Dist. : Adilabad
State : Telangana
Country : India
PIN : 504101
How to Reach:
The nearest Airport is Hyderabad (around 200 kms).
Basara is well connected by Railway route and there are many trains starting from Hyderabad and other cities to Basara.
There are so many buses from Hyderabad to Basara. Andhra Pradesh / Telangana tourism department is also conducting two way trips from to Basara from various cities.
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