Banashankari Temple, Badami

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Banashankari Devi Temple or Banashankari temple is a Hindu shrine located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district, Karnataka, India. The temple is popularly called Banashankari or Vanashankari since it is located in the Tilakaaranya forest. The temple deity is also called the Shakambhari, an incarnation of the goddess Parvati.The temple attracts devotees from Karnataka as well as the neighbouring state of Maharashtra. The original temple was built by the 7th century Kalyani Chalukya kings, who worshipped goddess Banashankari as their tutelary deity. The temple celebrates its annual festival called Banashankari jatre, in the months of January or February. The festival comprises cultural programmes, boat festival as well as a Rath yatra, when the temple goddess is paraded around the city in a chariot.Etymology and other namesBanshankari or Vanashankari is made up of two Sanskrit words: vana ("forest") and Shankari ("the consort of Shiva, Parvati"). The temple is popularly called Vanashankari since it is located in the Tilakaaranya forest. The transformation of vana- to bana- reflects a common loanword adaptation in Kannada from Sanskrit words. The other popular name given is Shakambhari, which means the "Vegetable Goddess". It is formed by joining of two words Shaka and Ambari. In Sanskrit, Shaka means vegetables or vegan food and Ambari means "one who wears or bears to the hungry". A further elaboration is that "Shakambhari" comes from Shakam joined with the root Bhri (Shaka = vegetables or food and root bhri = to nourish).
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  • September 25, 2017
    During our recent visit to Badami at the beginning of Navratri, we visited the unusual temple of Banashankari Devi also known as Shakambhari Devi which is a form of goddess Parvati. The black stone at...  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    The first things that meet your eye are the huge step-lamps (is that what they're called? It's like a ladder full of lamps). you'll have to walk through barricades and some ramps On a weekday it isn't...  more »
  • July 3, 2017
    This is a small but nice temple near Badami town.The temple can be visited any time of the year. The temple is worth visiting  more »
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  • July 13, 2017
    We are allowed till Garbha gudhi, darshan of God is very close..... tasty Prasadam... God bless all... Main temple is Air conditioned..
  • May 14, 2017
    Nice place may visit in June, July, August for awesome experience with nature
  • May 2, 2017
    Nice temple of Goddess Shakambari, Banashakari temple, Badami
  • December 11, 2016
    A very famous temple, must visit. The huge kalyani opposite to the temple has gone dry, adequate steps can be taken to bring it back to its old glory.
  • February 18, 2017
    It's nice temple with good rural north karnataka style food 🍲

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