Timings : 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Banashankari temple, also known as Banashankari Amma temple, is located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It is counted amongst the most famous shrines in Karnataka dedicated to the Hindu mythology. Several stories and beliefs revolve around the temple regarding its construction, history, and culture. However, the most exciting fact about this temple is that the people worship 'Rahukala' which is considered inauspicious as per Hindu culture. The devotees pray to Rahukala to let go of all the miseries, poverty and inauspiciousness from their life.
According to the famous legend of the temple, there was a demon Durgamasura, who used to harass local people of the town regularly. After the continuous prayers of the residents of the town, Goddess Banashankari appeared in the fire of 'Yagna'. She killed the demon, and the town was protected from the demon. The temple was set up at the spot where the Goddess appeared and has it has been protecting the locals ever since. The deity inside the temple is dedicated to Goddess Banashankari, who is an avatar of Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva.
The Banashankari temple has a past of harmony, being constructed and renovated in different architectural styles. It has maintained its tradition of unity in the religious cum cultural festival of Banashankari Jatre every January, where people from Karnataka and adjacent states pour in to show their devotion and also witness in the cultural programmes and the fair.
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