Banashankari temple, is an important Hindu shrine situated in Cholachagudd near Badami. This temple beckons devotees from far and near to Bagalkot district in Karnataka, India. Oft referred to as Vanashankari or Banashankari temple because of its location in the Tilakaaranya forest, this place of high religious significance is dedicated to Goddess Shakambhari, a much loved incarnation of Goddess Parvati.
This temple is highly revered and is visited by devotees coming in from the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and beyond. The original structure of this temple was built in the 7th century by the kings of the Kalyani Chalukya dynasty. They were known to worship goddess Banashankari as their prime deity. With the passage of time, the temple underwent a lot of renovations under the instructions of a Maratha chieftain and took its current day shape. Best visited in the months of January and February, when it celebrates Banashankari jatre (an annual festival), the temple is a thriving center of art and culture as well. You may also like to witness the Rath yatra and boat festival, when the main goddess is paraded in an ornate chariot through the city. A must visit for one and all.