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Rath Yatra at Banashankari Temple in Badami in 2025

The annual Rath Yatra at the famous Banashankari Temple in Badami in Karnataka is observed on the Paush Purnima day as per traditional Hindu calendar followed in Karnataka. In 2025, Rath Yatra at Banashankari Temple in Badami is on January 13. Banashankari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and the Rath Yatra attracts thousands of devotees from Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Goddess Banashankari is an incarnation of Goddess Parvati and is believed to have appeared to annihilate Demon Durgamasur.

Bana, or Vana, means forest and Shankari means consort of Shiva. The Banashankari Temple in ancient time used to be located near a dense forest.

On the Rath Yatra day, Goddess Banashankari is taken around the streets near the temple. Devotees pull the temple chariot and this pulling is believed to be highly meritorious.

A huge fair of local produce and crafts is also held during the period.