Photograph of the Banashankari temple in Karnataka, taken by Thomas Biggs in 1855. The little town of Banashankari, a few kilometres away from Badami, takes its name from the goddess to whom a temple is built here. Banashankari is a fierce form of Parvati, the consort of Shiva, and her image enshrined here shows her as black and eight-armed and seated on a snarling lion. The goddess is particularly venerated by the local weaving community. The temple is said to have been built in the 12th century by the Chalukyas of Kalyana. The annual temple festival of Banashankari, in January-February, draws huge crowds and the streets surrounding the temple become part of a colourful fair. The large sacred tank or reservoir in front of the temple is called the Harida Teertha or Harishchandra Teertha, and is enclosed on three sides by the stone mantapas or halls of the temple complex.