The current structure of the temple dates back to the Chalukyan period with simple and plain architecture. Saraswatu Devi temple has no exquisite carvings like other temples but the sanctity and serenity attracts most of the pilgrims here. The presiding deity is made of sand and is in a seating posture on a throne, which is about four feet tall. There is a Veena (musical instrument) in her hands and the Goddess is adorned with turmeric all over her face. There is an image of Lakshmi besides Goddesses Saraswathi in the sanctum sanctorum. A little distance away, on the eastern side, there is the temple of Goddesses Maha Kali.
Most of the time, the idol of Goddesses Saraswathi will be adorned with flowers, garments and paste of turmeric on Her face. If you want to see the sand idol of the Goddesses, then make sure to visit the temple early in the morning at Brahma Mahuratham (at 4:00 AM) when Rudhrabhishekam is performed on the Goddesses. This is the time when you can see the idol in its natural form.
Behind the temple there is a hillock with few steps, which take you to pillared hall, almost like a cave. There is a little door in the rocks that takes you down to a cave, which was believed to be the meditation hall of Veda Vyasa. This cave where Veda Vyasa performed penance to please Goddesses Saraswathi is called as "Kumarachala". It is said that he sat here and recited entire Mahabharata and Lord Ganesha wrote it down. Another prominence of the temple comes with the sandals of Lord Dattatreya under a tree called "Oudumbara" or "Audumbara" (the Peepal tree). It is believed that childless women, if go around the tree and touch the sacred sandals, they will be blessed with a child.
Have a dip in the Koneru (sacred water pool) or at least touch the water in the pool called as "Papaharini- Pushkarini" to the east side of the main temple. In this Koneru, there are eight theerthas (wells) in eight directions - Indra Teeratham , Surya Teeratham , Vyasa Teeratham , Valmiki Teeratham , Vishnu Teeratham , Ganesha Teeratham , Puthra Teeratham and Shiva Teeratham , each having a legend. Because of the presence of these eight theerthas, this pool is also called as "Astha Theerthas" ( Astha - eight). It was also believed that in the centre of these Astha Theerthas, there was a Saraswathi Theertham. There is a four-sided monolith rock, like a pillar, called "Vedavathi" or "Veda Sila", which produces Saptaswaras (the seven musical notes) on each side when struck. This pillar is said to contain the jewels of Sita Devi, consort of Lord Rama. About 100m away from the temple there is a cave, where the devout Narahari Maluka is believed to have performed rigorous penance.
Most of the pilgrims come here to get the blessings of Goddesses Saraswathi before they enter into their first course of education. Some devotees bring their books, slates, pencils and pens and get blessings of the Goddesses before their exams. It s a traditional practice among most of the Hindus to bring their kids to commence their "Akshara Gnana" (start their first letters of education) in the temple premises. The kids, when they are two to four years old, are made to write the letter "Om" (a sacred word in Hindu culture) or draw their first straight line or curve on their respective slates or books. Then they are then given a bit of turmeric paste to taste as it is supposed to clear and improve their vocal chords for better learning.
Most busiest time in the temple, when thousands of pilgrims throng the place, is during the annual festivals of Devi Nava Rathri - that is, during Dussera festival for nine days, Dattatreya Jayanthi , Vasantha Panchami which is celebrated as birthday of Goddesses Saraswathi and Maha Shivarathri. These festivals are celebrated with utmost dedication and devotion with people from all over the country congregating.
Also make it a point to visit some other temples in and around Basar temple - the Maha Kaali Temple, Vyasa Mandir, Vyasa Guha, Vedavathi Shila, Dathathreya Temple, Shivalayam situated at bank of Godavari River.