The famous Banashankari Temple is located at Cholachigud about 5 kilometers
from Badami - the historic capital of Chalukyas. Here Banashankari or
Shakambari is the form of Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. The
Banashankari Temple is quite old. Its original structure is said to have
been built by the Chalukyas of Kalyan. However, the existing temple was
built in the 17th century. The temple has a marked Dravidian style of
Banashankari Temple has significant mythological relevance also. According
to the Skanda Purana it was here that Devi killed a demon called
Durgamasura. As the temple is located in the Tilakaaranya forest, the Devi
is popularly called Banashankari or Vanashankari where 'Van' or 'Ban' means
forest. Banashankari Devi is also said to be worshiped by mighty Chalukyas
Idol of Goddess Banashankari is of Blackstone. Here the Goddess can be seen
seated on lion and trampling a demon by foot. The Goddess has eight arms
holding trishul-damaruga, kapaalpatra, ghanta, veda scripts and khadg-kheta.
The temple has been considerably modernized in the present times. In front
of the temple is a large pond called as 'Haridra Tirtha' which is enclosed
by stone mantapas on the three sides.
The best time to visit Banashankari Temple is Pushya-Maas or the month of
January - February when car festival is organized.
This article was added on
request of Mr Rajesh M.K.