Banavasi Madhukeshwara Temple; a 9th Century Marvel, located in one of the oldest towns of India and first capital cities of the ancient Karnataka.
Exploring new places is always fun. This time we happen to visit Banavasi which is a small town 25kms away from Sirsi (Karwar District).
Date: 12th Feb 2017
Places visited: Sirsi Marikamba Temple, Sirsi, and Madhukeshwara Temple, Banavasi
Mode of Transport: Public Transport
My family and I were in Sirsi for one of my cousin’s wedding. Post visiting the famous “Sri Marikamba Temple” at Sirsi, we planned a short day trip for the next day.
My Family at Marikamba Temple, Sirsi
We relied on public transport as there were ample buses that keep plying between Sirsi and Banavasi and would take only 30-40 minutes.
Banavasi; one of the oldest towns in Karnataka having a great history dating back to 345 A.D that once happened to be the capital of the Kadamba Dynasty.
A very good place if you are keen to explore history. The major place of attraction here is the historical Madhukeshwara Temple.
The entrance of the Temple (pic taken from Google)
My parents at the temple entrance
The Shivaling at Banavasi Temple
The Monolith Nandi
Family Selfie with the Monolith Nandi
The 1700-year-old Temple Architecture
The Single Stone Mantap in Banavasi
Single Stone cot – Banavasi
Parents Pic with the Saakshi Ganapathi
The locals believe; “If you don’t see the Saakshi Ganapathi in Banavasi; there is no proof of your visit to Madhukeshwara Temple”
Saakshi means “Proof”
The Stone Chariot at Banavasi
At the Banks of Varada River in Banavasi
It was a good time spent with family at Banavasi.
#LiveFreeRideHard #Explore this beautiful state of Karnataka, truly “One State Many Worlds”.
Until next time…
Also Visit: Family Trip to Yana Caves
To read the complete history of Banavasi: Click Here