At a distance of 5 km from the city, lies the well known Banashankari Temple. This temple is believed to be built by Chalukyas in 17th century. Having substantial relevance with history, this temple is famous for its glorious past.
According to Skanda purana, Devi Parvathi killed a demon named Durgamasura at this place. A black stone idol of the goddess is present in the temple where deity is seen sitting on a loin. The sculpture depicts that the demon is being trodden by the goddess feet. This temple marks the victory of good over evil.
Built in the Dravidian style of architecture initially, it was rebuilt according to the Vijayanagare style of architecture. Therefore glimpses of both architectural styles can be seen in its design. High walls from all the sides enclose the temple, thereby protecting it from attacks by enemies in the ancient days.