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Banavasi
Banavasi
is an ancient temple town in Uttara Kannada
Uttara Kannada
in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Banavasi
Banavasi
was the ancient capital of the Kannada
Kannada
empire Kadamba who ruled entire Uttara Kannada
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[edit] Banavasi
Banavasi
is the oldest town in the Karnataka
Karnataka
state.[1] It has grown up around the Madhukeshwara Temple built in the 9th century and dedicated to Lord Shiva[2] the supreme God in Shaivism, a major branch of Hinduism.

Madhukeshwara temple, 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

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] They established themselves there in A.D. 345 and ruled South India
India
for at least two centuries.[6] Location[edit] 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[edit] The soil is fertile around Banavasi
Banavasi
and paddy, sugarcane, arecanut, spices and pineapple are grown. Attractions[edit] 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. 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[edit]

Madhukeshwara Temple at 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

See also[edit]

Kadambas of Banavasi

References[edit]

^ 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. 

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Historical Places in Karnataka

Aihole Amruthapura Aralaguppe Avani Badami Balligavi Banavasi Basaralu Belavadi Belur Bidar Bijapur Chaudayyadanapura Chitradurga Dambal Dharmasthala Gadag Galaganatha Gokarna Halasi Halebidu Hampi Hangal Ikkeri Kanakagiri Karkala Keladi Kittur Kolar Kollur Kukke Subramanya Kuknur Lakkundi Lakshmeshwara Itagi Mahakuta Melkote Moodabidri Mudgal Murudeshwara Mysore Pattadakal Raichur Shivamogga Shravanabelagola Shringeri Somanathapura Sudi Talakad Udupi

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Uttara Kannada

Taluks

Ankola Bhatkal Haliyal Honnavara Joida Karwar Kumta Mundgod Siddapura Sirsi Yellapura

Tourist places

Gokarna Yana Banavasi Idagunji Murudeshwara Dandeli Netrani Island Sonda Jog Falls Magod Falls Sathodi Falls Unchalli Falls

See also

Project Seabird Supa Dam Kali River Sharavathi River Western Ghats Kannada

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