Saraswathi Kshetramu, Ananthasagar

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Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Anantha Sagar
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Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Anantha Sagar is located in Andhra Pradesh
Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Anantha Sagar
Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Anantha Sagar
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Location in Andhra Pradesh
Coordinates: 18°12′21″N 78°59′17″E / 18.20583°N 78.98806°E / 18.20583; 78.98806Coordinates: 18°12′21″N 78°59′17″E / 18.20583°N 78.98806°E / 18.20583; 78.98806
Name
Proper name: Sri Saraswathi Kshetramu, Anantha Sagar, Medak Dist (AP)
Location
Country: India
State: Andhra Pradesh
District: Medak district
Location: Ananthasagar, Siddipet Division
Architecture and culture
Primary deity: Saraswathi
History
Date built:
(Current structure)
May 2nd, 1980 built by Sri Astakala Narasimha Rama Sharma (Astavadhani)

Shri Saraswathi Kshetramu (Telugu: శ్రీ సరస్వతి క్షేత్రము,Hindi: श्री सरस्वती क्षेत्रमु) is a famous Hindu Temple of Goddess Saraswathi located in the Ananthasagar, Chinna Kodur Mandal, Siddipet Division, Medak district of Telangana. The temple was built on Friday, May 2nd, 1980 -Roudri Year, Vaishakha month by Astakala Narasimha Rama Sharma (Astavadhani). It is located between Siddipet to Karimnagar, 22 km away from the former, 125 km from Hyderabad and 63 km from Medak,.

History[edit]

This temple was built by Astakala Narasimha Rama Sharma, a teacher by profession, who, determined not to rely on donations for its construction, used his money from his salary as an astrologer, Vaastu shastra expert, and groundwater locator. In the whole India finding Saraswathi temples is rare. First Saraswathi temple in India is Vaishnavi Temple is in Jammu & Kashmir. Second Temple is located in Basar, this temple is considered as third Saraswathi temple and is located in Shivaru mountains which comes under Ananthasagar village. This is the first temple having standing pose of Saraswathi.

Festivals[edit]

Temple front view

Saraswati Puja is performed on the 5th day of Magha month of Vedic Calendar (also known as Basant Panchami).

As in several parts of India, and especially the South, Saraswati pujas are conducted during Navaratri – a 9 day long festival celebrating the power of the feminine aspect of divinity or shakti. The last three days of Navaratri starting from Mahalaya Amavasya (the New Moon day) are dedicated to the goddess.

Temple side view

On the ninth day of Navaratri (Mahanavami), especially Sharad Navaratri, books and musical instruments are ceremoniously placed before the image of Saraswathi early at dawn and she is worshipped with special prayers. No studies or any performance of arts is carried out, as it is considered that the Goddess herself is blessing the books and the instruments. The festival is concluded on the tenth day of Navaratri (Vijaya Dashami) and the goddess is worshipped again before the books and the musical instruments are removed. It is customary to study on this day, which is called Vidyarambham (literally, Commencement of Knowledge): students are traditionally required to revise much of what they have learnt up to that day, and also to start the study of something new. Gurus (preceptors) are worshipped on this day as embodiments of Saraswathi.


Temple SimhaDvaram

Related temples[edit]

Although Saraswati temples are rare, major temples for the goddess are present as,

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