Basara Saraswathi Temple is situated at an idyllic spot where the Rivers Godavari and Mangira converge. The temple is located in the village of Basar.
The temple is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati who is believed to be the goddess of knowledge and wisdom. The temple is one of the oldest temples in the country that enshrines Goddess Saraswati.
According to Hindu mythology, the temple is constructed on the site where Rishi Ved Vyas performed his penance. The Rishi made idols of three Goddesses namely Sarawati, Lakshmi and Kali. He made the idols using sand.
The temple was constructed by the Chalukya Kings to honor the Goddess Saraswati. Today, the festivals of Panchami and Navaratri are celebrated on a large scale at the temple. The famous ritual of Akshara Gnana is also performed at the temple. The ritual denotes the start of formal education in a child’s life and is a very important Hindu ritual.