Banashankari temple is a Hindu shrine located at Cholachagudd near Badami, in Bagalkot District, Karnataka, India. Here Banashankari is the form of goddess parvati, the consort of lord shiva. This temple is quite old.
The term Banashankari is derived from two words: ‘ban’ meaning ‘forest’ and ‘shankari’ meaning ‘the lover of lord shiva’. In the image of Devi reveals the goddess in a sitting posture. Goddess can be seated on a growing lion and crushing a demon with her feet. It is believed that the goddess was the “kuladevi” of the chalukyas.
The Banashankari temple was originally built by chalukyas during the 7th century. The temple was initially built in the Dravidian style of the chalukyas. There is a square tank in front of the temple. This tank originally called harishchandra tirtha is known as haridra tirtha. It is surrounded by a walkway with stone mandapas on three sides. There are two deep stambas, one of the west bank of the tank and one of the entrance.
Banashankari temple observes an annual festival during the months of January-February. At this time, the image of the goddess is placed in the chariot and taken in the procession around the region. Huge amount of crowds of devotees come to attend this festival.