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The Banashankari Devi Fair of Badami is one of the most important fairs in Karnataka.
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Banashankari Devi Fair

Time: January (Hindu month of Pushya)
Venue: Badami, Karnataka
How to Reach: Banashankari is located 5km away from Badami. Badami well connected by road and rail.
Significance: Held in reverence of Banashankari Devi or Devi Parvati
Highlights: Village fair and Rathotsava

Banashankari Devi FairThe Banashankari Devi fair is centered on the renowned Banashankari Devi temple near Badami. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple is dedicated to Banashankari, a form of Parvati highly revered by the weaver community. The idol depicts the powerful eight-armed goddess seated on a ferocious lion. As the temple is located in the Tilakaaranya forest, the Devi is popularly called Banashankari or Vanashankari where 'Van' or 'Ban' means forest.

The Banashankari Devi fair is held annually in January on the full moon day and lasts for 10 to 12 days. Rathotsava or car festival is a major attraction of the fair. Agricultural tools, utensils and other articles of domestic needs are bartered and the villagers make many of their purchases at this fair.

The religious significance of the location notwithstanding, the annual temple fair of Banashankari is more of a celebration of village life. During this time, the streets around the temple are taken over by the huge fair, marked by color and gaiety, and attended by thousands of devotees.

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