Banashankari is a form of the Goddess Parvati. This form of the Goddess is very popular in Karnataka. There are many famous temples dedicated to Devi Banashankari in Karnataka. The most famous one is probably the Banashankari Amma Temple in Cholachagudd. There is also a temple to this Goddess in the city of Bangalore. This temple is so popular that the area itself is called Banashankari.
About the diety
The reason why Parvati took up this form is explained In the Skanda Purana. When people on earth were being tormented by an Asura named Durgamasura, the Devas prayed to Goddess Parvati to relieve them of this menace. So, the Goddess came down to earth and killed the Asura. She was known as Vana Shankari, the Goddess of the forest. This later became Banashankari.
About The Temple
The Banashankari Temple in Amargol is a fine compositional wonder and is situated close to the Unkal Lake and the Chandramouleshwara Temple. The temples worked around there in the thirteenth century display northern impact. They have the Nagara style fused into them. This temple is no exemption.
The Banashankari temple in Amargol is a Dvikuta - a two sanctum/two tower temple. Like most temples in this locale of this period, this temple additionally displays Nagara impact. This temple has two temples finished with Vimanas, one in the ventured precious stone formed Nagara style and the other in the Dravida style.
One hallowed place houses the primary divinity, Devi Banashankari, and alternate houses a Shiva Linga. The principle Banashankari holy place is inherent the Nagara Style. This holy place has been completely remodeled. The reclamation deal with the other sanctum is progressing. The Navaranga Mandapa in this temple has excellent columns beautified with figures of Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu, Narasimha, Ganapathi, Brahma and different Gods.
The best time to visit this temple is around February to March, during the time of Shivratri.
How To Reach Banashankari Temple
Amargol is about 6 kms from Hubli and Hubli is well connected by Road from all over India. The Nearest railhead is Hubli railway station. The Nearest Airport is Hubli International Airport.
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Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Get married to a person of a girl's choice
- Health and longevity of husband
Sarva Mangala Maangalye Sive Sarvaardha Saadhike, Saranye Tryambake Gauri Naarayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer you our salutations, Oh auspicious Naraayani, who is the good of all good, who can achieve everything and can offer refuge, Oh three-eyed Gowri.
Saranaangatha Dheenaartha Parithraana Paraayane Sarvasyaarthi Hare Devi Naaraayani Namosthuthe
Meaning -We offer salutations to you, Oh Narayani, who has the infinite power of creating, preserving and destroying. You are the basis and epitome of the 3 gunas.
Sarvaroope Sarvese Sarvasakthi Samanvithe, Bhayebhyastrahi No Devi Durge Devi Namosthuthe
Meaning -I offer my salutations to you mother Durga, who is present in all beings and has all power, save us from all our wrongdoings O mother of the universe.
Yaa Devi Sarva Bhooteshu Shakthi Roopena Samsthita Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namaha
Meaning -Salutations to the Goddess who resides as Shakti in all beings.
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00p.m.