|Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple|
Basara is a village with wonderful gardens surrounded by the temple premises amidst the dry and barren patches of the north Telangana region, 30-km from Nizamabad. Basar is situated on the banks of River Godavari. It is located at a distance of about 220-km by road and 190-km by rail from Hyderabad.
About Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple
|Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple|
This is an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi. The temple at Basar is also the abode of Goddess Lakshmi and Kali. The current structure dates back to the Chalukya period.
This temple has no exquisite carvings like other temples. Walking ahead a few steps, one enters the sanctum sanctorum - a feeling better experienced than described. A feeling of peace, brightness and unlimited joy engulfs one. The presiding deity, 'Gnana Saraswathi Devi', is in a seated position with a 'Veena' in hand and bedecked with turmeric. Adjacent is the shrine of Goddess Maha Lakshmi and a little distance away, on the eastern side is the Maha Kali temple.
|Basara Saraswathi Devi|
Legend 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 Saraswathi, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali. The sage Veda Vyasa did so by bringing three handfuls of sand and sculpts out the figures. This place was initially named after Vyasa and was called "Vyasapuri". Later on it got took names Vasara and ultimately Basara/Basar.
The Eight Pushkarnis
Some 100m 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'.
Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple
The most important festivals celebrated are Maha Shivaratri (February-March) and Devi Navaratrulu (Septmber-October) and on both the occasions about 10,000 pilgrims visit the place from all parts of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Now a days there is heavy rush of pilgrims coming to Basara to perform "Akshara Abhyasam" for the children. According to the legend Maharishi vyasa and his disciples and sage Suka 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 Maharishi Vyasa used to bring three fistful of sand and place it in three small heaps and made images Sarada, Laxmi, Gowri with his mystic power and later conducted prayers. 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. Many people, in fact, take their kids to Basara for "Akshara Abhyasam" before commencing formal school education. Special poojas and celebrations are held at the temple during Maha Sivarathri, beginning 15 days before (Vasantha Panchami) and continuing 3 days after the festival. Devi Navarathrulu is celebrated for ten days during Dasara. Since Maharishi Vyasa spent considerable time in prayers, the place was then called "Vasara" and turned into Basara due to the influence of the Marathi language in the region.
Basara Temple is situated 200 Kms from Hyderabad, AP. Sri Gnana Saraswathi temple at Basara on the banks of river Godavari is the only temple in South India dedicated to the Goddess of learning.
The legend has it that after the Mahabharata war, sage Veda Vyasa embarked on a pilgrimage in search of peace. He reached the serene Kumaranchala hills on the banks of river Godavari and 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 everyday. Miraculously these sand dunes transformed into the idols of the divine trinity i.e., Saraswathi, Lakshmi, & Kali.
These are the presiding deities of Basar today. Despite the presence of the trinity,the temple is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi.
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 Basar. Thousands of devotees bath in the river Godavari & seek the blessings of the Goddess during the Mahashivarathri, Dassera navratris and Vasantha panchami.
Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple Timings
4:00 AM TempleOpens
4:00 AM to 4:30 AM TemplePooja, 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 Remains 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 andDarshanam
8: 30 PM Temple will be closed
List of Sevas and the prices:
( To be paid at Post-offices - Available through out India)
Odi Biyyam ( Offering Rice grains with turmeric)
Sri Satya Narayana Swamy Pooja
Offering Saree to Devi ( Saree not included)
Tying Bell ( Devoutees tie bells at the premises either while making a wish or when fulfilled)
Tying Mudupu ( Devoutees offer mudupu at the premises while making a wish)
Pallaki Seva ( Palanquin service to Devi)
Vaahana Pooja ( Vehicle pooja)
Four Wheeler (Car/Jeep etc.)
Heavy Motor Vehicle (Bus, Lorry, Tractor etc.) Rs.50
Shashwata Bala Bhoga Prasadam
Anaa Daanam ( Free Meals)
Memeber Rs. 10,116
Shashwatha Pooja Abhishekam
Vyasa Guha Entrance
Tickets are issued at the counter situated at the Temple premises. There is no E-ticket facility.
Above prices are for the service only. Materials like saree, coconut, abhishekham requirements, rice grains for Odi Biyyam , Kum Kum etc. are not provided by the temple. Devoutees must get along with them.
How to reach Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple
Basara is well connected with Road and Rail routes.
By Air : Nearest airport is Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. From Hyderabad one can choose to travel by Bus, Train or by hiring a private taxi.
By Train : Basara has a Rail railway station between Secunderbad Junction - Mudkhed Junction (via Kamareddy, Nizamabad.)
By Road : Number of Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Buses ( APSRTC) are available from Hyderabad Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station ( Imliban Bus station) and from Jubilee Bus Station (JBS Secunderabad)
BUS Transport At Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple
Number of APSRTC buses, as frequent as every half-hour, are available from Imliban Bus station (MGBS), Hyderabad and Jubilee bustation, Secunderabad, Nizamabad and Bhainsa.
Contact APSRTC for a detailed Schedule.
APSRTC Enquiry phone numbers:
040 - 23434268 General Enquiry
040 - 23434280 General Enquiry
040 - 24618685 General Enquiry
040 - 23434264 General Enquiry
040 - 24613955 and 040 - 23434269 - Reservation Enquiry.
From Maharashtra busses run from Nanded, Bhokar, Hadi Gaon and Mudhkhed.
Accommodation at Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple
Basara temple has good accomodation facilities.
TTD Guest House ( Four Rooms) Each room (Non-AC) Rs. 150 per day, AC room Rs. 400 per day.
Vemulavada Guest House 4 rooms.
Rs. 75 per day per room.
Devasthanam Phone number (91) 08752 - 243503
Executive Officer (Office) (91) 08752 - 243550
E.O (Home) (91) 08752 - 243903
Saraswathi Sadan Guest House with 5 rooms.
Rs. 75 per day per room.
Nilanghekar Guest House ( Donor Guest House) With 4 rooms
Rs. 100 per day per room.
Gourla Guest HOuse (Donar Guest House) with 2 rooms
Rs.150 per room per day.
Dharamshala with 9 rooms
Rs.100 per room per day.
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.
APTDC run Punnami hotel ( Ph: 08752-243691) is also available for the visitors. For reservations and bookings visit APTDC website.
Besides these major accomodation facilities, there are about 20 private lodging establishments with an average of 15 rooms each. Air conditioned rooms cost about Rs. 700 per day and Non-AC about Rs. 200.
To reserve the rooms, please write a letter to Excutive officer along with a Demand Draft of Rs. 200 for Non-AC room and Rs. 500 for AC room, in favour of "Excutive officer, Gnana Saraswathi Devi Devastahnam" payable at "State Bank of Hyderabad-Basar, Andhra Pradesh" Make sure to mention the date, time, duration of stay, number of people and number of rooms you want to reserve. Register post the letter to the following address:
Basara Saraswathi Devi Temple contact no
The Executive Officer
Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam,
Basara - Village: Mudhole - Mandal.
Adilabad. Pin - 504101,