Chaagadha bhogadhakkaradha geyadha nottiyalampinimpugalgaagaramaadha maanasare maanisar! amthavaraagi puttalenaagiyumeno theerdhapudhe?
theeradhodam maridhumbiyaagi menkogileyaagi puttuvudhu namdhanadhoL banavaasidheshadhol”
wrote Pampa, eminent Kannada poet of the Kadamba era.
Banavasi revolves around the Madhukeshwara temple which was built in the 9th century by the Kadamba kings. The annual car festival, Mahashivaratri, Lakshadeepotsava and Navaratri are some of the main religious and traditional events celebrated according to the Hindu calendar at this temple.