It is said that Sage Vyasa, his son Shuka and his disciples were upset by the Kurukshetra war and went on a pilgrimage towards the direction of Dakshinapatnam. The sage is said to have retired on the banks of the Godavari river to perform intense meditation. This place was named Vasar and gradually began to be called Basar. While staying here, the Sage would create three heaps of sand regularly after his morning bath. Those heaps have come to represent Lakshmi, Sarada and Gowri. The sand idol is smeared with turmeric. Another legend from Brahmanda Purana states that before writing the Ramayana, sage Valmiki installed the image of Goddess Saraswathi and sought Her blessing. There is the marble samadhi of sage Valmiki near the Saraswathi temple.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To start their children's formal education
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
4 am to 8:30 pm