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BANAVASI ( Kannada
Kannada
: ಬನವಾಸಿ) is an ancient temple town in Uttara Kannada in the South Indian state of Karnataka
Karnataka
. Banavasi
Banavasi
was the ancient capital of the Kannada
Kannada
empire Kadamba who ruled entire Uttara Kannada district. They were the first native empire to give prominence to Kannada.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Location * 3 Agriculture * 4 Attractions * 5 Gallery * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

Banavasi
Banavasi
is the oldest town in the Karnataka
Karnataka
state. It has grown up around the Madhukeshwara Temple built in the 9th century and dedicated to Lord Shiva
Lord Shiva
the supreme God in Shaivism
Shaivism
, a major branch of Hinduism
Hinduism
. Madhukeshwara temple, Banavasi
Banavasi
Coin of the Kadamba king who calls himself on the coin "sri dosharashi," thought to be Krishnavarma II (ruled c. 516-540). The reverse of the coin has the legend shashanka, which means "moon." The Kannada
Kannada
letters and another coin can be seen in the entry for Kadambas of Banavasi
Banavasi

In 2006, a 5th-century copper coin was discovered here with an inscription in the Kannada
Kannada
script , one of the oldest such coins ever discovered. The Directorate of Archaeology and Museums said that the coin's inscription in archaic Kannada
Kannada
proves beyond doubt that Banavasi
Banavasi
had a mint in the 5th century.

Adikavi Pampa , the first poet of Kannada, wrote his epics in Banavasi.

The town once was the capital of the Kadamba rulers, an ancient royal dynasty of Karnataka. They established themselves there in A.D. 345 and ruled South India
India
for at least two centuries.

LOCATION

Banavasi
Banavasi
is surrounded by forests and villages, with the Varada river flowing around it on three sides. It is located 374 km from Bengaluru . The nearest railway stations are 70 km away in Haveri and Talaguppa . Sirsi , is the nearest town about 23 km away.

AGRICULTURE

The soil is fertile around Banavasi
Banavasi
and paddy, sugarcane, arecanut, spices and pineapple are grown.

ATTRACTIONS

The annual December cultural festival, KADAMBOTHSAVA, is a huge gathering, organised by the state government, and featuring folk dancers, drama troupes, classical musicians, art exhibitions while drawing together performers, artists, and writers from all of south India
India
.

Banavasi
Banavasi
has long been a cultural centre, especially the Yakshagana art form. Today local artisans craft and sell the classical folk art Yakshagana
Yakshagana
masks here.

GALLERY

*

Madhukeshwara Temple at Banavasi
Banavasi
*

Nandi (bull) in Mahamantapa (hall) *

Throne carved of Stone at Madhukeshwara temple *

Elephant at the entrance *

Madhukeshwara Temple *

Sunset at Madhukeshwara Temple at Banavasi
Banavasi

SEE ALSO

* Kadambas of Banavasi
Banavasi

REFERENCES

* ^ Kamat, Jyotsna (August 6, 2006). "Ancient City of Banavasi". Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-17. * ^ "Banavasi- \'Kadambothsav\'". BangaloreBest.com. Retrieved 2006-08-17. * ^ "5th century copper coin discovered at Banavasi". Deccan Herald. February 5, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2006-08-17. * ^ "5th Century copper coin found at Banavasi". Chennai, India: TheHindu.com. 2006-02-06. Retrieved 2006-08-17. * ^ Kamat, Jyotsna (August 5, 2006). "Kadambas of Banavasi". Archived from the original on 4 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-17. * ^ "South Indian Coins - The Kadambas of Hangal". Archived from the original on 2006-08-15. Retrieved 2006-08-17.

EXTERNAL

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