Banavasi Sri Madhukeshwara Devara Maha-Rathotsava-2016:
Banavasi is an ancient temple town in Uttara Kannada District bordering Shivamogga districtin the south Indian state of Karnataka. It comes under Sirsi Taluk . Banavasi was one of the capital of the Kadamba Kings who established the first Kannada Empire in c.e 345AD.Lord Madhukeshwara Temple is major attraction of Banavasi.
Rathotsava is the biggest festival of Banavasi celebrated in the month of April every year. In Banavasi total four chariots are there.
1. Hagalotsava Ratha (Small Chariot)
2. Tiruguni Ratha (Paatala Chariot)
3. Hoovina Ratha (Flower Chariot)
4. Sri Manmahasyandana Ratha (Big Chariot/Dodda Ratha)
"Sri Manmahasyandana Ratha (Big Chariot)" is the main attraction of Banavasi Rathotsava. It is also called as " Dodda Teru". It is one of the biggest Ratha (in height) in Karnataka which was donated by the King of Sonda Sri Ramachandra Nayak in the year1608. This chariot has got the height of 75 feet & weight of about 150 tons. This chariot is one of the oldest chariot in Karnataka (408 Years).
Banavasi Rathotsava -2016 commence from 10th April-2016 and ends on 19th April-2016.
"Anivasi Banavasi Valaya Balaga" & "Sutthona Banni Team Karnataka" heartily welcomes to all for "Banavasi Rathotsava-2016".
Banavasi Rathotsava-2016, Events Details:
12-4-2016 to 15-4-2016 - Hagalotsava Ratha & Tiruguni Ratha
16-4-2016 - Hoovina Ratha, Hagalotsava Ratha & Tiruguni Ratha
17-4-2016 - Sri Manmahasyandana Ratha (Big Chariot/Dodda Teru)
For more details about History of Banavasi & Tourist places near to Banavasi click on following links.
Photos & Information: Shriharsha B S - Sutthona Banni Team