Dasara Navaratri at Basar Saraswati Temple of Telangana is a biggest festival at the abode of Goddess of education and knowledge. In 2023, Basar Temple Dasara Navaratri begins on October 15 and ends on October 24.
On 15 October 2023, at 4 AM Navaratri puja begins with Mangala Vayidyams. Ammavari Suprabhatha Seva begins at 4.30 AM. Ammavari Mahabhishekam, Alankarana, Mangala Harathi, Mantra Pushpam follow the Suprabhatham. Kshetra Puja, Ganapati Puja, Swasthi Punyahavachanam, Ankurarpana, Ruthwik Varanam, Ghata Sthapana, Saptashati Parayanam, Chaturveda Parayanam, Lalitha Sahasranama Parayana, Chatushashti Upachara Puja, Sri Ammavari Moolamantra Japam, Nitya Chandi havanam – Mahanivedana, Maha Mangala Harathi, Maha Mantrapushpam, Tirtha Prasada Vitharana, Suhasini Puja, Kumari Puja are the highlights of Dasara Navaratri Utsavams.
Basara Saraswati Temple is one of the two famous Saraswati temples in India, the other being in Jammu & Kashmir. Saraswati is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge and learning. Children are brought to the temple for the learning ceremony called as Akshara abyasam.
The origin and the history or the legend of Saraswati Temple, Basar, dates back to the period of Sage Veda Vyasa who performed penance at the river banks of Godavari.
Moola Nakshatra Saraswati Puja is observed with utmost devotion in Vijayawada Kanakadurga Temple, Srungeri Sharada Temple, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Basar Saraswati Temple, and many other temples where Durga Navratri celebrated.
Dasara Navaratri 2023 at Basar Temple
In 2023, Basar Temple Dasara Navaratri begins on October 15 and ends on October 24.
15 October 2023 – Kalasha Sthapana, First day of Navratri (Navratri Pratipada) – Shailaputri Alankaram
16 October 2023 – Navratri Dwitiya, Sindhara Dooj, Preeti Dwitiya, Second day of Navratri – Brahmacharini Alankaram
17 October 2023 – Navratri Tritiya, Sindhura Tritiya, Third day of Navratri – Chandraghanta Alankaram
18 October 2023 – Navratri Chaturthi (4th day of Navratri), Lalitha Panchami, Upang Lalita Vrata, Navratri Panchami – Kushmanda Alankaram
19 October 2023 – Navratri Panchami (5th day of Navratri), Lalitha Panchami – Skandamata Alankaram
20 October 2023 – Durga Shashti – Katyayani Alankaram – Moola Nakshatra Pooja
21 October 2023 – Durga Saptami – Kalratri Alankaram – Durga Ashtami, Kanya Puja (Kumari Puja)
22 October 2023 – Durgashtami – Mahagauri Alankaram
23 October 2023 – Mahanavami – Siddhidhatri Alankaram,
24 October 2023 – Vijayadashami – Ayudha Puja, Dasara, Dussehra, Shami Puja, Aparajita Puja.