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Banashankari Kuladharma

Banashankari Kula Dharma is dedicated to Hindu Goddess Banashankari and is observed mainly by certain Hindu communities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Banashankari Kuladharma 2024 date is June 5.

Goddess Banashankari is also known as Banashankari or Shakambari or Banadevi and is mainly worshipped in regions of Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra. The word Banashankari is derived from ‘Ban or Van’ meaning ‘forest’ and ‘Shankari’ meaning ‘the consort of Lord Shiva.’

This particular observance dedicated to Goddess Banashankari is observed on the 14th day of the Krishna Paksha of Vaisakh month as per traditional Kannada calendar.

Special pujas and rituals are observed by families that have Goddess Banashankari as their family deity on the day.

According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Banashankari Devi killed a demon called Durgamasur at the present day Badami in Bagalkot in Karnataka. Banashankari Devi was also said to be worshiped by mighty Chalukyas as their Kuladevi.

Famous temples dedicated to Goddess Banashankari are located in Badami and Bangalore in Karnataka.