Basara Gnana Saraswati Temple
Basara, the famous temple of Goddess Saraswati Devi which is situated on the banks of river Godavari at 190 km from Hyderabad located in the state of Telangana. The Gnana Saraswati temple is one and the only oldest temple in South India which is located in Adilabad district of Telangana state. The distance from Adilabad to Basara is approximately 155 KMS and distance from Nizamabad to Basara is 35 KMS.
How to Reach Basara Saraswathi Temple?
There is a connectivity of both by bus and by train routes from Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Chennai, Vijayawada, Puna and various others cities. The nearest airport to Basara Temple is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad, Hyderabad.
Basara Saraswati Temple History, Significance & Story:
After Kurukshetra (The epic battle of Mahabharata), Maharshi Veda vyas and his disciples came to Dandaka forest also known as Dandakaranya forest (location: North Andhra Pradesh, East Maharashtra, Chattisgadh, South West Orissa) and decided to settle down in this peaceful atmosphere. After his ablutions in the river Godavari, he used to bring fistful of sand and placed it in three small heaps. Using his mystical powers, he made images of Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge), Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) and Gowri (Goddess of Power) and later performed Pooja. In 6th century A.D, a king from Karnataka named Bijjala built the temple and it was later renovated by Rashtrakutas and Chalukhyas. Due to the presence of three Goddess, Basara is the “Abode of Divine Trinity”.
Who Is Goddess Saraswati / Who Is The Goddess of Knowledge
Goddess Saraswathi is the deity for Knowledge and Learning. As a result, many people take their children to Basara temple for Akshara Abhyasam (Aksharabhyasam) before commencing formal school education. It is believed that eating the turmeric paste which is applied to Goddess Saraswati Devi in Basara temple will enhance one’s wisdom and knowledge.
Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple Pujas:
Special poojas and celebrations are held at the temple during Maha Sivarathri (a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva) and this special pooja begins 15 days before Vasantha Panchami and continues 3 days after the festival. The Dasara festival (spelled as Dussehra or also know as Vijayadasam) is also celebrated for ten days and it is better to book in advance during Vasantha Panchami (also spelled as Basant Panchami – a Hindu spring festival) and Nava Ratrulu (also spelled as Navratri, Navaratri or Navarathri) as the crowd will be more.
Especially Vasantha Panchami and Moola Nakshatram (8th day of Dasara) are considered as auspicious days for “Aksharabhyasam”.
Basara Temple Timings:
On normal days, the timings of Basara temple are below:
|Temple Timings||Type of Seva’s / Puja’s|
|4:00 AM||Temple Opens|
|4:00 AM to 4:30 AM||Temple Pooja, Issuance of Abhishekham Tickets|
|4:30 AM to 7:30 AM||Abhishekam, Alankarana, Harathi, Prasadam|
|7:30 AM to 12:00 Noon||Archana and Sarva Darshan and other poojas|
|12:00 to 12:13 PM||Nivedana and Harathi|
|12:30 PM to 2:00 PM||Closed|
|2:00 PM to 6:30 PM||Archana and Sarva Darshan and other poojas|
|6:30 PM to 7:00 PM||Devasthanam Pradosha Pooja|
|7:00 PM to 8:30 PM||Maha Harathi and Darshanam|
|8:30 PM||Temple will be closed|
It is better to buy all the things needed for pooja outside Basar temple as it costs thrice the amount inside the main temple.
Tourist Places Around Basara To Visit
In addition to the main temple of Gnana Saraswati Devi, there are other places of interest nearby.
1. Sri Vyasa Maharshi Guha
Behind the temple, there is a small hill with few steps which leads to a cave and it was believed that this place was used by Maharshi Veda Vyas for meditation. As a result, this place was called as Vasara and over the years it has became popular as Basara.
2. Sri Mahankali Temple
The temple represents one of the three deity’s made by Maharshi Vyas and it is located on the 1st floor nearer to the main Basara temple.
3. Shivalayam Temple
This is located on the banks on river Godavari which is 1 Km from the main temple. There is also a bathing ghat here. During the time of Pushkaralu, this place is heavily packed.
4. Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple, Jankampet
This temple is famous for Ashtamukhi Pushkarini (octagon shape) located on the top of hill and the idol of Lord Narasimha. This place is located at 27 Km from Basara temple.
5. Vedavathi Sila
– It’s a stone of Vedvathi and is located nearer to the main temple.