Banashankari Temple is a Hindu pilgrimage located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot district in Karnataka. The temple is dedicated to goddess Banashankari, an incarnation of goddess Parvati.
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The temple is originally known to be built by the 7th century Kalyani Chalukya kings, who worshipped goddess Banashankari. Initially, the temple was built in the Dravidian architectural style, but was later rebuilt in the Vijayanagara architectural style. Enclosed by a high wall on all sides, the main structure of the temple has a mukha mantapa (portico), ardha mantapa (entrance porch/chamber in front of the sanctum) and a sanctum topped by a Vimana (tower). The main sanctum of the temple has the image of goddess Banashankari deified in it.
Banashankari jatre the annual festival of the temple is celebrated every year in the months of January or February. The festival comprises cultural programmes, and the Rath yatra, when the temple goddess is paraded around the city in a chariot. Pilgrims from across Karnataka and also the neighboring stateof Maharashtra assemble at the temple in large numbers to celebrate the festival.
The temple is located near to the Banashankari Bus Stand and is 9kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bus stand and is around 42kms from Bangalore International Airport.