Banadashtami marks the beginning of Banashankari Navratri at Badami Temple, Karnataka’s Bagalkot district. In 2017, Banadashtami date is January 6. Banashankari Navratri is celebrated till January 12.
Goddess Banashankari is a manifestation of Shakti, the Mother Goddess is worshipped during the festival. It falls on eighth day in Pousha Maasa in Kannada calendar.
Also known as Shakambari Navratras or Poush Navratras, Banashankari Navratri festival ends on Poush Purnima, marking a grand Jathra or Mela (fair). Thousands of devotees visit the temple during the Pousha Navaratri Mela..