Nirmal: The Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devi temple of Basar was crammed with devotees on Friday, being an auspicious day of the holy month Shravanam.
According to the temple authorities, about 15,000 devotees from different parts of the State and neighbouring Maharashtra and Karnataka thronged the temple. They formed serpentine queue lines and had darshan of the presiding deity. They broke coconuts as a token of gratitude for their well-being. Some of them performed Aksharabhyasam, initiation into the world of alphabets for their children.
The devotees earlier had a holy dip in the Godavari river, located on the outskirts of the temple village. Sri Gnana Saraswathi Devi is the only temple of the goddess Saraswathi in South India. It is believed that sage Vyas had worshipped goddess Saraswathi at the time of Mahabharatha and stayed on the banks of Godavari.
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