Wargal Saraswati Temple also known as Sri Vidya Saraswati Temple is a Hindu temple located in the Medak district in Telangana, India. According to Hinduism, Goddess Saraswati is known as the Goddess of Knowledge.
It is among the few temples dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Telangana. The temple is maintained by the Kanchi Shanker Mutt. Yayavaram Chandrashekhara Sharma, a scholar, and adherent of Goddess Saraswati put all his efforts to construct the temple complex.
The temple is located at a distance of 48 kilometers from Hyderabad in the Wargal village. Wargal village is famous for having the Sri Vidya Saraswathi temple. The temple is situated on the pictorial background and has a unique rock formation and a valley around this hill. In the vicinity of the Saraswathi temple, there is a separate temple allocated to lord Shani. The temple has a big statue measuring around 3 feet high. It is one of the biggest statues of lord Shani in Telangana.
The hillock of Wargal has multiple temples situated on the same hill. Some of the notable temples on the hillock are:
1. Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple
2. Sri Vidya Saraswati temple
3. Lord Shanishwara Temple
4. Lord Shiva Temple
5. Few Vaishnava Temples are now completely damaged without any moola vigrahas in them.
Sri Yamavaram Chandrashekhara Sharma was a scholar, astrologer, Vastu expert, and follower of the goddess Saraswathi. Being a businessman he has multi-faceted activities to indulge in. In the year 1998, while the construction of the temple is in progress, the construction process was activated under the group called ‘Satya patam seva samethi’. This committee has started searching for a convenient place to build a temple.
Finally, the committee selected the hillock of Wargal. On the hillock, a 400 years old Shambu Deva (Lord Shiva) Temple was situated. Shambu Deva temple is 2 feet below the ground level. One has to pass crawling on the ground for a few feet to reach the main Shiva lingam. In the vicinity of the Lord Shiva temple, there were two ancient Vaishnaya Temples that were built during or before the Kakatiya rulers.
Also, there is a big Victory Pillar made of rock which is around 30 feet in height. The Vicotry Pillar is sculpted with statues of SitaRama Lakshmana and Goddesses Lakshmi, and with a couple of snakes.
In the year 1989, on Vasantha Panchami, the Bhoomi pooja was performed and the foundation stone was laid to construct the temple of Sri Saraswathi Devi. The committee has started constructing the temple with just a sparse amount of Rs. 2700 only. When they started propagating about the process of building the Saraswathi Temple, donations poured in as help. With the help of donations, the construction process continued without any hindrance with the grace of Lord Saraswathi.
In the year 1992, Sri Sri Sri Vidya Nrusinha Bharati Swamy laid the foundation for the statues of Goddesses Sri Vidya Saraswathi Devi and Lord Shani statues in the temples. The temple was later dedicated to Kanchi Petam. In the year 1999, Vedic Patashala was started by Sri Shankara Vijaya Saraswathi of Kanchi Petam. In the year 2001, Lakshmi Ganapathi inaugurated it.
The total expenditure of constructing this temple crossed over 1 crore rupees in 2001. The temple is built over a vast area of 13 and a half acres of land. On the east side of the temple, a park, library, and hospital construction has been planned for its future expansion.
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