Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple | Timings & Pooja Materials

Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple, Basara Saraswati Temple is a Hindu mandir dedicated to Goddess Saraswati located on the banks of the Godhavari River in Basar, Telangana, India. The Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple Timings: 07: 30 am to 06:00 pm.


Aksharabhyasam at Basara Saraswati Temple

The Basara temple is one of India’s two famous Saraswati temples, the other being the Sarada Peetha. Saraswati is the Hindu Lord goddess of knowledge and wisdom. Children had brought to the temple for alphabet-learning ceremonies.

Basar is a town in the Nirmal district of Telangana state. It is about 30 kilometres from Bhainsa, 15.5 kilometres from Dharmabad, 34.8 kilometres from Nizamabad, 96.0 kilometres from Nanded, 70 kilometres from the district headquarters Nirmal and 205 kilometres from Hyderabad.

History of Basara Temple:

According to the Mahabharata, after the Kurukshetra war, Sage Vyasa, his disciples, and Sage Vishwamitra settled in a calm and peaceful environment. In search of a peaceful paradise, he came across the Dandaka forests and chose it, impressed by the serenity. As Maharishi Vyasa spent a lot of time in prayer, the place became known as “Vasara”, which later became Basara due to the influence of the Marathi language in the region.

This Basara temple had also believed to be one of the three built around the confluence of the Manjira and Godavari rivers. Historically, the temple at Basara was built in the sixth century by the Karnataka king ‘Bijialudu’, who ruled the Nandagiri province with Nanded as his capital.

After destruction by Muslim invaders, the temple idols were restored in the 17th century by the ruler of Nandagiri (Nanded). Many pilgrims visit the Jnana Saraswati Temple in Basar to perform the “Akshara Prajma” ceremony for children before they begin formal schooling. Children practice the alphabet and dedicate books, pens, pencils and notebooks to the Goddess of Knowledge. 

Basara Saraswati Temple

Pujas and Festivals at Basara Temple

Pujas in the Basars Temple begin at 4 am with abhishekam and continue for an hour. At 5 pm, they started the decoration, in which new sarees had decorated for the deities. 

The entire atmosphere is holy and pure. At 6 am, Harati is performed in the temple, which Prasad distributes to the devotees.

During Maha Shivratri, the temple conducts special pujas and celebrations that begin 15 days before (Vasanta Panchami) and end three days after the festival. During Dussehra, Devi Navratri had held for ten days.

The temple also has an idol of Mahankali on the first level next to the main temple. Devotees often visit the neighbouring mountain, on top of which is a statue of Goddess Saraswati.

 In the sanctum sanctorum is an image of Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. Basara is considered the abode of the divine trinity due to the presence of Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali.

Basara Saraswati Temple Timings

Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple Pooja Materials:

The following pooja materials should carry to practice Akshatra in Basara:

  • Garlands – 2
  • Book – 1
  • Pen – 1
  • Slate – 4
  • Slate pencil – 2/3
  • Rice bowls – 2 bowls
  • Coconut – 1
  • Agarbatti – 1 packet
  • Fruits – different types
  • Prasad – Pongal
  • Saffron – 1 pack
  • Mango leaves – maximum two bunches
  • Turmeric & Saffron – Each pack separately

Aksharabhyasam Timings in Basara Temple

General Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple:
  • Morning – 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Evening – 2 pm to 6 pm
Puja Ticket Price
  • Puja ticket price is Rs 100 for a child and parents
  • Apart from these, you must pay Rs 100 per person
DaysMorning TimingsEvening Timings
Monday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Wednesday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Thursday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Friday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Saturday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Sunday7:30 am to 12:30 pm2 pm to 6 pm
Special Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple:
  • Morning – 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Evening – 2 pm to 6 pm
Ticket Price
  • Since this is a special darshan, the ticket price is enormous,
  • Rs 1000 for children and parents.
  • Rs 100 for each additional person.

Note: No pre-booking or online booking is required, and you can directly go to the temple during the visiting hours, and then you can perform puja based on your ticket selection. The child should be 2.5 years or above to complete this pooja.

Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple Procedure

  • Be prepared with all the arrangements and attire in a traditional suit for all the worshipers during the Literacy Day celebration.
  • Follow the instructions of the priest and repeat the mantra after him.
  • According to the rules, the child holds a plate full of rice grains on a basin or slate.
  • The priest, accompanied by the parents, took a child by the hand and began to write with them.
  • OM is the first word written by children.
  • Literacy is conducted daily only on the temple premises.
  • If the devotee chooses a ticket of Rs.100, they will conduct Aksharabhasha in the hall.
  • If the devote chooses the ticket for Rs. 1000, it will conduct in front of the Sri Gnana Saraswati goddess.
  • One child and the child’s parents are allowed with a single ticket.
  • Additional Person Rs. 100 to let them with you.
  • The ceremony concludes with the offering of Prasadam or Nivedya.

Basara Temple Pooja Timings

  • Temple Opens – at 4:00 am
  • Temple Pooja, Issuance of Abhishekam Tickets – 04:00 am to 4:30 am
  • Abhishekam, Alankarana, Harathi, Prasadam – 04:30 am to 7:30 am
  • Archana and Sarva Darshan and other poojas – 07:30 am to 12:00 Noon
  • Nivedana – Harathi – 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm
  • Closed (Dwarabandhanam) – 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm
  • Archana and Sarva Darshan and other poojas – 02:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Devasthanam Pradosha Pooja – 06:30 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Maha Harathi, Darshanam and Prasadam – 07:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Temple will be closed (Dwarabandhanam) – until 08:30 pm

Aksharabhyasam at Basara Temple

These are the costs.

  • Abhishekam – Rs 200
  • Special Kumkumarchana – Rs 150
  • Akshara Srikaram / Aksharabhyasam – Rs 100
  • Sri Sathyanarayana Swami Pooja – Rs 100
  • Special Akshara Srikaram – Rs 1,000
  • Nithya Chandi Homam – Rs 1,116
  • Upanayanam – Rs 100
  • Pallaki Seva ( Every Friday) – Rs 200
  • Special Darshanam (only one person) – Rs 100
  • Vyasa Guha Pravesham – Rs 5
  • Gnana Jyothi Deepam – Rs. 10
  • Shashvatha Kumkumarchana (Early once) – Rs. 1,016
  • Suvarna Pushparchana (only Friday 8:00 am to 10:00 am) – Rs. 1,116
  • Shashvitha Pooja Abhishekam (Early once) – Rs. 1,116

Vahana pooja at Basara Temple:

  • Scooter/Motor Cycle – Rs. 100-00
  • Car/Jeep – Rs. 150-00
  • Bus/Lorry/Tractor – Rs 200-00

Other Places to visit near Basara Temple

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

Accommodation at Basara Temple

Guest houses are available here.

  • Sri Rajanna Nilayam – 2 Suits (A.C)
  • Sri Soma Guest House – 4 Suits (A.C)
  • Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Guest House – 3 Suits(A.C)
  • Sri Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Guest House – 3 Suits (A.C)
  • Sri Durga Malleshwara Swamy Guest House – 1 Suit (A.C
  • Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Guest House – 4 Suits (A.C)
  • Sri Srisailam Guest House – 3 Suits
  • T.T.D 100 Rooms Choultry – 100 Rooms

Basara Temple Contact Details

  • Address: Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam, Basara, Nirmal (D), Pin – 504101, Telangana, India.
  • Devasthanam Phone number: (91) 08752 – 255503 
  • Basara Temple: official website

How to reach Basara Temple?

By Air:

The nearest airport is Hyderabad, which is 259 km away.

By Train:

The nearest railway station is Basara, 2 km from the temple, and Nizamabad 30 km away.

By Bus:

The direct bus is available from MGBS Hyderabad.


In which temple is Aksharabhyasam?

Gnana Saraswati Devi Temple in Basara.

 Can you do Aksharabhyasam in the evening?

General Aksharabhyasam: Morning- 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Evening – 2 PM to 6 PM.

What is the dress code of Basara Aksharabhyasam?

The preferred dress code for women is a saree or half saree with a blouse or pyjama and chudidhar with the top cloth.

When to do Aksharabhyasam?

In the past, children had taught to read when they were five. But nowadays, due to early education at the Kindergarten level, parents perform this ceremony when the child is in his 3rd year, i.e. after the child completes two years.