If you are looking for a place rich naturally along with mythological, Basara is the right place for you to visit. The place has important significance in the Hindu religion. The Saraswati temple located at Basara is one of the two famous Saraswati temples in India with the other one n the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The temple has rich legend behind its making.
It is popularly said that the Sage Vyasa, during his stay at Basara, used to bring three handfuls of sand after bathing in Godavari and would keep it that on a same place everyday. This sand later transformed into images of Goddesses- Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali. However there are some other saying as well. Acoording to Brahmandapuranam, Adikavi Valmiki installed Saraswati and wrote Ramayana at this place. You will find a mrable image of Valmiki and his samadhi near the temple. Some also say that ‘Bijialudu’ a Karnataka king, who ruled the province of Nandagiri in the sixth century, constructed this temple at Basara.
There is an image of Goddess Lakshmi that is standing besides Goddess Saraswati in thethe temple. As the temple has images of three deities, that is Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali at this temple in Basara and thus making it quite important amongst religious tourists.
The Gnana Saraswathi Temple is situated on the banks of river Godavari. It is approximately 40 kms from Nizambad district head quarters and 70 Kms from Nirmal town of Adilabad district. From Hyderabad, it is at a distance of approximately 205 kms.
Along with the rich history behind it, the temple is also famous for Akshara Abhyasam. Many come to seek the blessings of Goddess Saraswati before the starting of educational life of their children. There are many annual celebrations organised at the temple attracting thousands of devotees from all over the world. During Maha Sivarathri special celebrations are held at the temple that start 15 days in advance and last even 3 days after the festival. You also have celebrations related to Devi Navarathrulu during Dasara that last for 10 days. These celebrations such as Devi Navarathri, Dattatreya Jayanthi and Vasantha Panchami are worth visiting.
So if you are planning visit to Basara, going during one of these celebrations can be a good idea.