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Banashankari Temple

Address : Banashankari Temple, Cholacagudd, Badami, Bagalkot district, Bangalore, Karnataka, India


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Banashankari Amma Temple

Banashankari Amma Temple is one of the most famous temples existing in Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, India. This temple is also called as Banashankari or Vanashankari since it is locted in the Tilakaaranya forest. Shakambhari is an incarnation of the goddess Parvati. The original temple was built in 7th century by Kalyani Chalukya kings, who worshipped goddess Banashankari. The current 18th Century structure was built by Maratha. In the months of January or February this temples celebrates its annual festival Called Banashankari jatre.

The goddess of the temple is taken around the city in a chariot. Cultural programmes, boat festival as well as a Ratha Yatra. The Chariots appear like mini temple has figurines of gods and goddesses carved on it. Huge wheels of solid wood are fixed to the chariot. The chariot is pulled by special trained menís. Banashankari or Vanashankari is made up of two Sanskrit words vana means forest and Shankari means the consort of Shiva, parvati. This temple is enclosed by a high wall on all sides.

Demon durgamasura harassed the local people constantly in the Scriptures called Skanda Purana and Padma Purana. The goddess Shakambari was sent to protect people, who has appeared through the Yagna. The forests around the temple have coconut, plantain, betel leaf plants and trees. Hence, it is also said that the goddess provided vegetables and food in their hard times thus named as Shakambhari.

Banashankari jatre is one of the religious festival held at this temple every year on the occasion of the Ratha Yatra is car festival usually celebrated during the month of january, on a Full Moon Day. It is celebrated for 3 weeks since the day it started. Pilgrims from across Karnataka and Maharashtra belonging to different religious beliefs attend the festival in a large number to celebrate the auspicious day.

The temple and town are decorated with different types of leaves and flowers during the festive season. The vegetable festival is also celebrated at this time with 108 varieties of food items. Made of vegetables are offered to the deity. The Banashankari Amma Temple attracts devotees from Karnataka as well as the neighbouring state of Maharashtra.

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