Sri Gnana Saraswathi

Temple History

Sri Gnana Saraswathi temple is at Basara on the banks of river Godavari is the only temple in South India dedicated to the Goddess of learning. The Saraswati temple at Basara is one of the two famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being in Jammu & Kashmir. This temple is situated 200 Kms from Hyderabad, Telangana.
Local legends suggest that Maharshi Veda Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata, came to the forests of Dandakaryana to meditate. He began meditating on the banks of the River Godavari and found the place to be very peaceful. The divine mother is believed to have appeared before the sage and ordained him to build temples for the Shakti trio: Maha Saraswati, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali. The sage Veda Vyasa did so by bringing three handfuls of sand and sculpts out the figures. This idol made of sand has its face smeared with turmeric. Eating a little bit of this turmeric paste, it is believed, will enhance one’s wisdom and knowledge. This place was initially named after Vyasa and was called “Vyasapuri”. Later on it got took names Vasara and ultimately Basara/Basar due to the influence of the Marathi language in the region.
Due to the presence of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali, Basara is considered as the abode of the divine trinity on the Bank of the River Godavari.
Children are brought here for the ceremony of Akshara puja to start their education with the blessings of the Goddess of Knowledge.The Vedavathi Sila, the Ashtateertha are other places of interest around Basara.
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'.
Thousands of devotees bath in the river & seek the blessings of the Goddess during the Mahasivarathri and Vasantha panchami.


Additional Information

There is a large 100 room Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) Guest House. Rooms are available for Rs. 100 per day. There are Brahmana Choultry and Vyshya Choultry near the temple premises. Telangana Tourism’s Punnami hotel is also available for the pilgrims. Besides these major accomodation facilities, there are about 20 private lodging establishments with an average of 15 rooms each.

Basara Temple is connected to many cities like Nizamabad, Nirmal, Adilabad, Hyderbad, etc., Near to Maharashtra State. From Nizamabad(34Kms) there are buses at every 30minutes. Buses are also from Niramal(72Kms), Adilabad, Hyderabad. Basara Busstand is 1Km from the temple and shuttle services are there to reach the temple.
Basara railway station is 2.4Km in distance from the temple. Daily trains are available from Hyderabad city.
  • Darshanam: Morning 04:00AM - Evening 08:30PM - Temple Closed at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
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