The structures of some are apse, like the Durga temple and out of hundred or so,
fifty of them lie within the fort and the rest outside. With these, Aihole has earned a covetable place in the sculptural map of India.
Banasankari temple lying near Badami is outstanding and occupies a significant
place among the temples of this region. This three storeyed shrine with a queer
tower beckons the visitors and elevates the asthikas with Mother Banasankari's grand image
sitting astride the lion. Though
lying in ruins, this shrine is luring a steady influx of yatris,
who visit the ruins for both profit and pleasure The deout
among them offer elaborate prayers. It is the principal shrine
and has replicas scattered throughout Karnataka. She is a
powerful deity and showers boons on the devotees liberally even
now dispute lying in ruins. And hence immense popularity.
It lies 19 km. off
Pabtadakkal, accessible by bus.