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Banashankari Navratri

Banashankari Navratri is nine-day festival, puja and rituals dedicated to Goddess Banasankari in the Kannada month of Paush in Karnataka. Banashankari Navratri 2018 - 2019 dates – Navaratri begins on January 14  and ends on January 21, 2019. Goddess Banasankari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is also known as Vanashankari or Shakhambari or Banadevi.

Banadashtami, or Banada Ashtami, which falls during Banashankari Navratri is the most auspicious day during the nine-day period. Banadashtami 2018 date is December 26.

Fairs and festivals are held during this period in Banashankari temples. A major fair is held at Badami Banashankari Devi Temple during this period and it begins on Banadashtami day.

Legend has it that Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasura at the present day Badami in Bagalkot in Karnataka. This story is found in Skanda Purana.

Banashankari is also equated with Ma Shakhambari Devi who is believed to have produced vegetables and nourished the human beings after several years of drought.

The festival is famous for Rath Yatra which happens on the final day of the nine-day festival.

The most important Navratri in a Hindu Calendar falls in September 2019.

Banashankari Temple near Badami in Karnataka