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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  • This is the temple of the godess banshankari at about 5 kms from the cave temple. The shrine is small but being old temple once you enter the shrine you get the peace of mind. A serene & must visit lo...  more »
  • The temple is on the road.Banashankari temple is v oldest temple.the idiol ,v beautiful.we enjoyed the outside food.Here village women making food like ,kawari roti n subji.curd etc, r very tasteful.O...  more »
  • A very peaceful temple with rich history. Shakambari devi means godess of shaak(trees / vegetables) - if I'm not wrong. It is said that many thousand years back earth had gone in a drought state for a...  more »
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  • Very famous religious place and old one but nothing to see architecturally. If you plan to go with the mind set of historical place then you certainly get disappointed. Comparatively small but the best part is you can complete dharshan real quick. No unwanted delay or customs. That way best Hindu temple.
  • Good place to visit. I like this temple a lot . Goddess fac looks so pleasant. Here lighting the lamps in lemon's is famous. Temple is well maintained
  • It's an old temple of goddess Banashankari.. and also know as shakambhari temple.. temple ia very nice and u will find some historical things over here
  • Nice and clean temple. The prasad is amazing. I felt very calm and quite inside temple. Road in front of temple is small but it is easy to cross. For two cars.
  • Holy place to worship.... whenever I go to this temple I feel that positive vibes are constantly entering into me. A must visit temple

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