Basara – Gnana Saraswathi Devi

Saraswathi is the consort of Lord Brahma and is the Goddess of Wisdom, learning, education, studies and Knowledge. She is the personification of knowledge, represents Shakti (power), creativity and inspiration.

basara chaduvula talli

Presence of goddess Lakshmi and Kali makes Basara –the  abode of Divine Trinity.


OM Namo Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devi Namaha

Worship Hours:

4:00 AM Temple Opens
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, Aksharabhyas and other poojas. This is Aksharabhyasam time.
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, Aksharabhyas and other poojas. This is Aksharabhyasam time.
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


  • Pilgrims coming to Basara to perform “Akshara Abhyasam” , ceremony of Akshara puja for the children with the blessings of the Goddess of Knowledge.
  • Thousands of devotees bath in the river Godavari & seek the blessings of the Goddess during great utsavams performed duringthe year on the Mahashivarathri, Vasantha Panchami, Dassera navratris and Vyasa Pournima.

There are other SEVAS offered including

  • Abhshekam, Kumkumarchana
  • Odi biyyam
  • Sri Satya Narayana Swamy Pooja
  • Offering Saree to Devi
  • Tying Bell ( Devotees 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)
  • Upanayanam
  • Pallaki Seva  ( Palanquin service to Devi), Vaahana Pooja ( Vehicle pooja)

Contact info/Location

Basara is a village situated on the banks of River Godavari, 30-km from Nizamabad. 240-km by road and 190-km by rail from Hyderabad, Telangana.

The Executive Officer
Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam,
Basara – Village: Mudhole – Mandal.
Adilabad. Pin – 504101
Telangana – India.

Devasthanam Phone number : (91) 08752 – 243503
Executive Officer (Office): (91) 08752 – 243550
E.O (Home): (91) 08752 – 243903

BELIEF about Basara:

A child begins his education (Aksharabhyasam) with prayer to Saraswathi for great learning and wisdom in life. Who prays will be blessed with great knowledge and excel in life.

The sound of her celestial veena awakens the notes of the sublime utterances of the sacred monosyllable, “OM”.


Basara temple has good accommodation facilities offered by

  • Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) Guest House.
  • Other guest houses
  • Private resort hotel and cottages

Temple does not allow online accommodation booking for its guesthouses as it is on first-come-first-serve basis.

How to worship:

While visiting the temple shrine there are several rules and regulations that must be followed. Suggestions in the form of ‘Dos and Don’ts’ are displayed at various places in BASARA for the information of visiting pilgrims.


  • Do pay obeisance to your Ishta Divam or Kula Divam before you start for Basara.
  • Do bathe in the Godavari and worship Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devi.
  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes (wear a dhoti with upper cloth) before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate only on Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devi inside the temple.
  • Do observe absolute silence inside the temple and chant “Om Sri Saraswathyei namo namaha” to yourself.
  • Do respect ancient customs while in Basara.
  • Do pay obeisance (Pranaamam) with two hands. “Mukulitha Hastha Pranaamam” is auspecious.
  • Do respect and Promote religious sentiments among the co-pilgrims.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the Hundi.
  • Do wear a tilakadharana in accordance with Hindu religion.
  • One who regards his Guru (preceptor) as a mere human being, the lords Bimba as only a stone image, the Vedic mantras as just a means of livelihood and one who is indifferent to the worship rituals become blameworthy and his would be of no value (nishphalam).
  • Be clean physically and mentally.
  • Follow the procedures and wait for your turn for the Darshanam of the si Gnana Saraswathi Devi.
  • Do respect ladies and be kind towards children and the senior citizens


  • Do not carry too much jewelry or cash with you.
  • Do not come to Basara for any purpose other than worshipping the Godess.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food.
  • Don’t wear footwear or move around in a vehicle, in and around the premises of the temple.
  • Don’t rush in for Darshanam. But along with the queue.
  • Don’t prostrate (sastanga danda pranamam) inside the temple. (up to Dhwajasthamba)
  • Don’t throw away the Prasadam and theertham.
  • Don’t wear flowers and garlands in Basara; all the flowers are for the Godess only.
  • Don’t encourage beggars, but do contribute to the needy.
  • Don’t spit or be a nuisance inside and premises of the temple.
  • Don’t enter the shrine naked or wearing a piece of lion cloth (Kaupina).
  • Don’t wear any head guards (helmet, caps, turban, hat etc unless required by your religion.) while entering the temple.
  • Don’t carry any weapon while entering the temple.
  • Don’t eat food brought from outside or chew betel leaves while entering the temple or in the temple premises.
  • One should not loiter, litter,spit and urinate or defecate around the premises of the temple.
  • One should not have gossip or talk about sexuality while in the temple.
  • Having entered a temple , one should never commit an act of violence, harshness in the premises.
  • Standing in god’s presence one must never utter a lie.
  • One should not quarrel in a temple on any account, the temple is not a place for it.
  • One should not talk about his wealth, money, status and Ahamkara but be obedient to God in the temple.
  • One should not bow before another person while in a temple; God is the only Lord for all.
  • One should not sit with his back to the deity in the temple.
  • There are sequences of poojas ans sevas in the temple and one should have patience to have the darshanam of the Lord.
  • Making pranamam (obeisance) with only one hand to the Godess is prohibited. Use both hands


  • It is one of the two famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • 6th Century AD – ‘Bijialudu’ a Karnataka king, who ruled the province of Nandagiri with Nanded as his capital constructed the temple at Basara. The current structure dates back to the Chalukya period also.
  • 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.


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.

Nearby spots:

Here is the list of places to visit near Basara apart from Sri Gnana Sarawathi Devi Temple.

  • Sri Mahankali Temple
  • Sri Dattatreya Temple
  • Sri Vyasa Maharshi Guha
  • Sri Vedavathi Shila ( Sri Vedavathi stone)
  • Godavari river
  • Lord Shiva temple at river Godavari bank


Visit Basara Saraswathi and be blessed with knowledge.

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