Nirmal: The ancient Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devasthanam in Basar witnessed heavy rush of devotees on Sunday.
Nearly 20,000 devotees thronged the temple taking advantage of the weekly holiday. Temple officials said Sunday’s pilgrim rush could be due to the fact that summer vacations in schools and colleges are coming to an end.
Devotees from not only Telangana, but Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, took holy dip in Godavari river before entering the shrine. A majority of them took part in ‘Aksharabhyasam’, a ceremony to initiate children formally into reading and writing of alphabets.
The Gnana Saraswathi temple is situated on the shores of left bank of Godavari near Basar town. It is believed that sage Veda Vyas had worshipped Goddess Saraswathi here 5,000 years ago.