Nizamabad: With academic year beginning, lakhs of devotees thronged the Gnana Saraswati temple at Basara, Nizamabad district along with their wards to perform `Aaksharabhyasam’ ritual.
The devotees, after taking a holy dip in the river Godavari, made a beeline to temple right from the wee hours of Sunday.
Special pujas were performed at the temple and Vyasa Maharshi temple on the banks of Godavari seeking blessing of Goddess Saraswati.
The temple administration had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the programme. Police force was deployed around the temple bathing ghats, toilets and medical camps.
Special RTC buses were pressed into service for the convenience of the pilgrims.
Temple officials estimated that about one lakh people have visited the place to have darshan of the deity and for “Aksharabhyasam” so that their children would perform well in schools in the coming academic year.
The temple officials also attributed the rush of pilgrims due to the week-end and opening of schools from Monday.(INN)