Banadashtami marks the beginning of Banashankari Navratri at Badami Temple, Karnataka’s Bagalkot district. In 2017, Banadashtami date is December 26. Banashankari Navratri is celebrated till January 2. Banadashtami was also celebrated on January 6, 2017.
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..