Banashankari Temple has located near Kanakapura Road in Southern Bangalore. It is one of the most popular places of worship in Bangalore City. Sri Banashankari Devi is also known as Shakambari. The Devotees have a strong belief in the goddess and fulfill desires for prayers done in true sincerity. The belief in the goddess is so strong and a huge number of devotees visit this temple every day. In 1915, the temple was founded by Basappa Shetty, a devotee of Goddess Banashankari. Banashankari Amma Temple is one of the very famous temples in Bangalore, not because of the temple looks but because of the beliefs, surrounded by the temple.
How to Get to Banashankari Amma Temple
This temple is situated just five kilometers from Badami, another famous religious and tourist spot. It is easy to reach Badami by bus from any part of Karnataka. Badami also has a railway station. The nearest airport is located in the city of Belgaum.
Banashankari Amma Temple Puja Timings
Daily morning Abhisheka at 6.30 am and 8.30 am
During Rahukala Puja timing on Tuesday from 3 pm to 4.30 pm, Friday from 10.30 AM to 12 noon, and Sunday from 4.30 pm to 6 pm.
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Banashankari Amma Temple – History
The Temple of Banashankari Amma was originally founded during the 7th century by the Chalukyas. The divinity Banashankari was the god of their house. This image of the Banashankari Amma had been mounted by Jagadekamalla I in 630 AD, according to an inscription. Later the Marathas rebuilt this temple in the 18th century. Its new form now represents more than the original Chalukya style, the Vijayanagara style of architecture.
Banashankari Amma Temple – Architecture
Initially, the temple was constructed in the Chalukyas Dravidian style. It was reconstructed later during the times of Vijayanagara and Maratha. The temple has a mandapa of Mukha followed by a mandapa of Ardha leading to the sanctum. A vimana overhangs the Sanctum. The goddess Banashankari is portrayed in the sanctum in a sitting pose, with eight swords. She is portrayed sitting on a lion, crushing a demon beneath her foot. A square tank stands in front of the mosque. This tank, originally named Tirtha Harishchandra, is now known as Tirtha Haridra. It is surrounded by a passageway, with three sides of stone mandapas. There are two Deepa Sambas, one on the tank’s west bank and the other at the entrance. The lamp tower next to the tank side is also an odd guard tower.
Banashankari Amma Temple – Facts
The Banashankari Rath Yatra – This festival is held annually starting from January’s full mom day. The Goddess is carried on a procession in the temple chariot through the village streets. This festival draws people from Karnataka as well as others from neighboring states.
Banashankari Jatre – This is a religious and cultural festival that is held along with the Rath Yatra. It is a sort of fair, blending entertainment and commerce.
- Many shops are set up around the temple to sell various wares.
- The interesting point to note is that many shops selling uniquely Hindu wares like vermilion and sacred threads among others are operated by Muslims.
- The cattle fair held during the Jatre is very famous.
- Another attraction is that artisans from neighboring areas set up shops to sell elaborately carved wooden doors and door frames.
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