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Banavasi: The Oldest Town in Karnataka

By Akshatha

Karnataka's first poet Pampa's works describe Banavasi as a beautiful land. Pampa doesn't stop praising the charm of this land.

Banavasi is said be the oldest town in Karnataka; earlier known as Konkanapura, it is a temple town. The main attraction is the Madhukeshwara Temple which was built in 9th century.

It is a historical place on the banks of Varada river in Karnataka. The town was a capital of Kadamba dynasty which ruled for about 2 centuries (345 AD).

Madhkeshwara Temple in Banavasi is said to be built during the reign of Kadambas. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva; it has undergone many architectural changes during the period of Chalukyas and Hoysalas.

Today, this ancient town is a Hindu pilgrimage site in Karnataka. It is worth to explore this enchanting town which is 25 km from Sirsi.

Madhukeshwara Temple
  

Madhukeshwara Temple

Madhukeshwara Temple was built during the time of Kadamba Dynasty; a major dynasty which ruled South India.
Photo Courtesy: Clt13

Nandi (Bull) statue inside Madhukeshwara Temple
  

Nandi (Bull) statue inside Madhukeshwara Temple

Nandi idol can be seen in the Mahamantapa (hall) of the temple.
Photo Courtesy: Karthickbala

Copper Coins of 5th C
  

Copper Coins of 5th C

In 2005, copper coins dating back to 5th c , with Kannada inscriptions were discovered. These are the coins belonging to the Kadamba King Krishnavarma II.
Photo Courtesy: Rani nurmai

Carved Elephant at the Entrance of the Temple
  

Carved Elephant at the Entrance of the Temple

Intricate carvings of the temple shows the richness in art during those times.
Photo Courtesy: Karthickbala

Emblem of Kadamba Dynasty
  

Emblem of Kadamba Dynasty

Kadamba Dynasty was one of the major kingdoms which ruled South India and Banavasi was their first capital.
Photo Courtesy: Pawaskar Vinayak

Sunset View of the Temple
  

Sunset View of the Temple

The Chinese traveller, Huen Tsang refers to his visit to Banavasi in one of the Chinese scripts.
Photo Courtesy: Pawaskar Vinayak

Dundiraj Ganapati
  

Dundiraj Ganapati

Madhukeshwara Temple is dedicated to Shiva; one can also find Ganapati and Vishnu idols in the shrine.
Photo Courtesy: Deepti deshpande

Bed Made of Stone
  

Bed Made of Stone

Madhukeshwara Temple has undergone many changes after the Kadamba rule. The Chalukya dynasty and Hoysala dynasty which took over later have added their architectural styles to this temple.
Photo Courtesy: Deepti deshpande

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