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Famous Saraswati Temples in India.

Eight Most Famous Saraswati Temples in India.

 

Sharada (Saraswati Devi Sakthipeeth) Peeth, Jammu & Kashmir

Sharada Peeth is a Hindu temple and ancient centre of learning dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning, Sharada located in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). It was one of the foremost temple universities of the Indian subcontinent in Middle Republican and medieval Kashmir, hosting scholars such as Kalhana, Adi Shankara, Vairotsana, Kumarajiva, and Thonmi Sambhota. It played a key role in the development and popularisation of the Sharada script in North India, and Kashmir was sometimes called Sharada Desh because of its influence as a centre of learning.

One of the eighteen Maha Shakti Peethas, Sharada Peeth represents the spiritual location of the goddess Sati’s fallen right hand. Sharada Peeth is one of the three holiest sites of pilgrimage for Kashmiri Pandits, alongside the Martand Sun Temple and the Amarnath Temple.

The origins of Sharada Peeth are uncertain. Some historians believe that it was built under the Kushan Empire (30 CE-230 CE). Others believe that it was built by Lalitaditya (724 CE-760 CE), because of similarities between Sharada Peeth and the Martand Sun Temple. Another school of thought suggests that it was built not at once, but in stages. Some adherents of this school of thought hold that Sharada Peeth was first built more than 5,000 years ago.

This Sarada peeth was visited and re-sanctified by Adi Shankaracharya (509–477 BCE as per Dwarika Peetham Rrecord; 44–12 BCE as per Commentary of Anandgiri; 788–820 CE as Accepted by Max Müller, Dr Radhakrishnan etc.)

Address: Sharda Main Bazar, Sharda, Pak Occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharada_Peeth

Website: Nil.

Shringeri Sharadamba Temple, Karnataka

Sri Sharadamba Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Saraswati seems an avatar of Parvati, in the holy town of Sringeri in Karnataka, India.

The Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri (Shringa giri in Sanskrit) is an 8th-century temple, founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It housed a sandalwood statue of Shardamba in a standing posture, which was installed by Adi Shankarachaya until the Vijayanagara rulers and Sri Vidyaranya (12th Jagadguru) installed a seated gold statue of Sri Shardamba in the 14th century.

Address: Harihara St, Sringeri, Karnataka 577139

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shringeri_Sharadamba_Temple

Website: https://www.sringeri.net/temples/sri-sharadamba

Saraswati Temple, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Saraswati Temple Pushkar

Saraswati Temple is a well known mythological landmark in Pushkar, Rajasthan. Saraswati Temple Pushkar Rajasthan is a temple dedicated to goddess Saraswati, the wife of Lord Brahma. Literally the name Saraswati means ‘the flowing one’. In the Rig Veda Saraswati symbolizes a river deity and is connected with fruitfulness and refinement.

She is considered to be the epitome of all understanding – arts, sciences, crafts and skills. She stands as the goddess of the creative inclination, the source of music, beauty and articulacy. Many artists, writers and other individuals involved in creative activities have since ages come on pilgrimage to Pushkar to ask for the inspiration of Brahma and Saraswati.

This contemporary temple situated at Pushkar in Rajasthan exhibits brilliant workmanship and Hindu pattern of architecture. It lures tourists from all over the world and devotees from every nook and corner in India.

Gnana Saraswati Temple Basar, Telangana

Gnana Saraswati Temple is a Hindu temple of Goddess Saraswati located on the banks of Godavari River at Basar, Telangana, India. It 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.

Historically, ‘Bijialudu’ a Karnataka king, who ruled the province of Nandagiri with Nanded as his capital in the 6th century, constructed the temple at Basara. In the 17th century, the idols of the temple were reinstated by a chieftain of Nandagiri (Nanded) subsequent to destruction caused by Muslim invaders.

Address: Basara Mandal, Nirmal District, Basar, Telangana 504101

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnana_Saraswati_Temple,_Basar

Website: http://www.basaratemple.org/

Panachikkadu Dakshina Mookambika Saraswathi Temple, Kerala

The Panachikkadu Temple, also known as the Dakshana Mookambika (Mookambika of the South) Temple, is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Saraswati. The temple is located in the southern region of the Indian Peninsula, in Panachikkad in Kottayam, Kerala, India. It is one of the most prominent Saraswati temples in Kerala. Vishnu is the main deity, who the devotees worship before Saraswati. Ganapati, Shiva, Sasthavu and Yakshi are sub-deities who are also worshiped in this temple.

Kottarathil Sankunni’s Aithihyamala has a detailed description of the temple, which has more than a thousand years of history.

Address: Eravinalloor Panachikkad Temple Rd, Panachikkad, Kuzhimattom P.O, Kerala 686533

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panachikkadu_Temple

Website: https://www.panachickad.org/

 

Dakshina Mookambika Temple at Norh Paravur, Kerala

The Dakshina Mookambika Temple is a famous Saraswati temple in the town of North Paravur in the Ernakulam district of Kerala. The presiding deity in this temple is Saraswati and sub-deities are Ganapathy, Subrahmanyan, Mahavishnu, Yakshi, Hanuman and Veerabhadran. A shrine devoted to Yakshi is at the southwest corner. The sanctum sanctorum is in the midst of a lotus pool.

According to legends, Thampuran ruler (1751–1805) of Paravur was a great devotee of Goddess Mookambika. He used to visit the Kollur temple in Mangalore every year to pay homage to the goddess. When he became old, his health worsened and he could no longer undertake the long journey to Kollur. The goddess appeared to the sad devotee in a dream and ordered him to build her idol near his palace so that he can have daily darshan of her. Thampuran followed her instructions, built a temple at Paravur and installed the Goddess.

This temple arranges Vidyarambham round the year, everyday beyond its ten day annal festival in Navaratri. Within a beautiful ambience of nature the temple comittee also aranges various music, dance, art  and cultural programmes around the year.

Address: Main, Post Office Road, Kacheripady, North Paravur, Kerala 683513

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakshina_Mookambika_Temple,_Paravur

Website: Nil.

 

Koothanur Saraswathi Temple, Tamil Nadu

Koothanur Maha Saraswathi Temple is a Hindu temple located in the town of Koothanur in the Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Saraswathi, the Hindu goddess of learning.

Temples dedicated to Saraswati are seldom found in India. The temple is Tamil Nadu’s only Hindu temple with Saraswathi as main deity. Praises of the temple were sung by Tamil poets Ottakoothar (12th century CE) was a Tamil court poet to Later Chola kings) and Kambar (12th century CE).

Vijayadasami is the most popular festival celebrated in the temple.

According to the history, King Rajaraja Chola donated this temple to Ottakoothar a renowned poet so that he could compose in peace. Hence this town came to be called as Koothanur.

Legend says that Ottakoothar and his grandson Ovathakoothar established this beautiful temple for Goddess Saraswathi. So it is presumed that the Saraswati Tempe at Koothanur was built in 12th century CE by poet Ottakoothar.

The temple is not far from Kumbakonam.

Address: Kumbakonam Main Road, Koothanur, Tamil Nadu 609403

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koothanur_Maha_Saraswathi_Temple

Website: Nil

Vidya Saraswati Temple, Wargal

Wargal Saraswati Temple or Sri Vidya Saraswati Temple, is a contemporary Hindu temple located in Medak district in Telangana, India. The deity of education in Hinduism is Goddess Saraswati. It is among the few temples of Saraswati in Telangana. It is maintained by the Kanchi Shanker Mutt. Construction of the temple complex was due to the efforts of Yayavaram Chandrashekhara Sharma, a scholar, bastu expert and adherent of Goddess Saraswati.

On Vasantha Panchami of 1989 the Bhoomi pooja was performed and the foundation stone was laid for the temple of Sri Saraswathi Devi. On 1992 Magashudda Trayodashi Pushpagiri petadipate Sri Sri Sri Vidya Nrusinha Bharati Swamy has laid the foundation to the statues of Goddesses Sri Vidya Saraswathi Devi with some other deities upon the Wargal hillock. This temple was later dedicated to Kanchi Petam and a Vedic Patashala was started in 1999 by Sri Shankara Vijaya Saraswathi of Kanchi Petam and Lakshmi Ganapathi was inaugarated in 2001.

This well maintained Saraswati Temple is one the most popular Saraswati Temples in Telegana.

Address: 1-6-15, Gaddi annaram, Wargal, Telangana 502279

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saraswati_Temple,_Wargal

Website: https://srivargalvidyasaraswathi.org/

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Compilation: Upananda Brahmachari.

Courtesy to all links, pics and information sources used above.

 

 

 

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