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Banashankari Temple


14.2/5(12 Ratings)

Banashankari Temple Overview

Ranked 2 of 25 sightseeing in Badami

The Chalukyas of Kalyan are believed to have built the Banashankari Temple located at Cholachigud, just 5 km from Badami. This temple is dedicated to Devi Parvati who killed a demon at Banashankari named Durgamasura. This is mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

In the temple, the Goddess is seen sitting on a lion, with the demon being trampled under her foot. The most suitable time to visit this temple is from January- February, in the Pushya Mass, when the festival of the temple car is generally arranged.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: Below 1hr
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
7:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
7:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Ajith G a5.0/5

143 reviews

Blessings of goddess Banashankari !!!

This temple is located around 5 kms from badami town . One can reach the temple either by taking a bus or an auto ,. Temple timings is 6:30am - 9pm Generally the temple will be little less crowded during afternoon Must Visit Place.
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Yogananda swamy4.3/5

3 reviews

A good pilgrim place

This place is very good pilgrim place. When entering temple do namaskar for the tortoise idol. Eat the curd which are sold near by temple. You can also see the kalyani opposite to the temple.

Muthusamy Muthusamy5.0/5

184 reviews

A must visit temple

This temple is also called banashankari meaning goddess in the forest. Here the main deity is shakambari in a form of parvati devi. Puranas are that once a demon who lives in this forest use to cruelly harass the locals and they asked god for help. Then it is believed that the goddess parvati came from fire in the form of shakambari and killed the demon and so this is temple so famous all over the state of Karnataka and Maharashtra. On entering the street one can find a high raised watch tower that has engravings in it. There is a stupa and a path raksha engraved stone outside the temple in front of the temple. On entering the temple one can see 2 huge high lamp stupas lit with lamps of some 25 ft height. Then the pradakshina mandapa and sanctum where goddess shakambari blesses all. Along the pragara we can see a small temple dedicated to lord Shiva who is encarved in the form of Linga. The temple has a huge tank surrounded by mandapas on all 4 sides. When we went there was no water in the tank but were told that it gets filled up during rainy season. Maintenance is very bad regarding both the monuments, temples and the surrounding. Petty shops make the location at the entrance so congested that one cannot go into the temple as easily as so. There is a udipi hotel named udipi sri laxmi hotel near the temple where we had some local food like upma. They served us upma with savouries called sev and that too tasted good. This hotel is worth a try.

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Polur Ramaswami4.3/5

4 reviews

Banashankari amma temple

Banashankari or Vanashankari as the name suggest is located in a forest (tilka aranya). Amma is supposed to be a reincarnation of Parvathy. The original temple is said to be built by Chalukyas in 7th century. Attracts devotees from Karnataka and Maharashtra. Sometime in February annual Jatra takes place.The temple is built in Dravidian style. A high wall encloses all the four sides.Except during annual festival time followed by a few months it is said to be not crowded. Even though we went after about 6 weeks of Jatre there was sizable crowd but well regulated inside the temple. It is a small village 5-6 km from Badami.

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4 reviews

Worth visiting this place

Was it worth the visit and paisa-vasool: Yes worth visiting this place. Very special place as it is the place of Banashankari Temple.Activities on site: No activities other than worship of god.Advice to travellers: Excellent place to visit for devotees.Things you must carry: No need to carry anything.


2 reviews

Beautiful Temple with good architecture

We visited the Temple in the evening and crowd was very less so could complete darhan within half an hour. Idol of goddess is very powerful. Architecture of temple is worth seeing.

Samir Patel3.6/5

3 reviews

Beauty of nature and God

Nice places to visit. It needs minimum 1 day for covering complete Badami places. Avoid summer as it may be very Hot here. Temple is old and nice. Darshan is simple and you can see the God from near.

Suresh Doraiswamy3.6/5

9 reviews

Good temple Visit, No Crowd.

The Banashankari temple is well maintained and as clean as any other Hindu temple. The highlight was a small Shiva Temple on the side dedicated to Kedarnath Shiva.

Sunita v sawant4.3/5

5 reviews

My Kuldevi

It was spiritual bliss to visit my Kuldevi Shakhambari devi after 10 years. I took nearly 3-4 hours to go through the entire temple and its outskirts.

Sundararajan Seshadri3.6/5

6 reviews

A temple for a quick visit

A peaceful temple. Quite a clear face for the goddess. Not much crowded on the day we visited. (Sat around 11am)

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