Nirmal: The ancient Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam of Basar recorded an income of Rs. 52.95 lakh, 109 grams of gold ornaments, 3. 100 grams of silver and 20 foreign currency through offerings of devotees and sales of tickets from July 10 to September 13. Counting of hundis was carried out on Wednesday.
The shrine’s executive officer Annadi Sudhakar Reddy said that the temple registered cash offerings worth Rs. 52, 95,338 and gold and silver ornaments presented to presiding deity Goddess Saraswathi during the period. In addition, 20 foreign currency notes were also found in the hundials, he added.
The historic abode of goddess of learning is thronged by pilgrisms belonging to not only various parts of the Telangana, but also neighboring Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh. Devotees conduct Aksharabhayasam, a customary ritual followed for initiating children into education and world of alphabets.
The temple is situated on the shores of left bank of Godavari river near Basar town. It is believed that sage Veda Vyas had worshipped goddess Saraswathi here 5,000 years ago. He had settled on the shores of river during the times of Mahabarata.