The Skanda Puranas mention that our ancestors Saraswat Brahmins habituated North vindyagiri (Kashmir). They resided on the banks of the Saraswati River. Historical records/ narration state that this clan comprised of well educated, highly intelligent people with exceptional cultural and social backgrounds. It is the popular belief that the Vedas and many other holy scriptures of the Hindus originated on the banks of this sacred river.
Having arrived in Gomantaka, our ancestors chose Sashasti provinces (present Madgaon) for their settlement. They prospered and by nature being religious, turned their minds to their Kuladevatha. This resulted in building a beautiful temple at Banavli where they worshipped Shree Katyayani and Shree Baneshwar and accompanying deities (Parivar Devathe) with customary rituals and traditions, and all faith and devotion.
There is a legend narrated often that once a devotee vowed that he would adorn the Goddess with a thousand rupees worth of Marigold (Gonde) flowers, if he succeeded in the venture he was about to undertake. Success was his and towards fulfilling his vow he came to Aversa. It was not the season for Marigold (Gonde) flowers and having come to the temple he realized that it was impossible to buy a thousand rupees worth of Marigold flowers in that small village and in that particular season.
There are several incidents where some miscreants with wicked intentions and who could not bear to acknowledge our Devi’s “Karanika Shakthi” attempted to malign HER, but failed miserably. Dispite all this, Devi has shown tolerance and even today she is protecting us. It is our good fortune that she is forever responding to our call and giving succor to us. We offer to ADI SHAKTI SHREE KATYAYANI our boundless and wholehearted obeisance.
Navami Palaki Utsav
ನವಮಿ ಪಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿ ಉತ್ಸವ
This utsav is held on the ninth day of both the bright half and dark half of every month. (Navami of Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha) except in the months of Ashada, Shravana and Bhadrapadha. Traditionally all Kulavees who visit the temple on Navami (9th day) should participate in the proceedings and not leave the temple before the celebrations are over. This fact is to be borne in mind by all Kulavees.
ಈ ಉತ್ಸವವು ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳ ಪ್ರಕಾಶಮಾನವಾದ ಅರ್ಧ ಮತ್ತು ಡಾರ್ಕ್ ಅರ್ಧದ ಒಂಬತ್ತನೇ ದಿನದಂದು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ. (ಶುಕ್ಲ ಪಕ್ಷ ಮತ್ತು ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಪಕ್ಷದ ನವಮಿ) ಆಶಾಡಾ, ಶ್ರವಣ ಮತ್ತು ಭದ್ರಪದ ತಿಂಗಳುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊರತುಪಡಿಸಿ. ಸಾಂಪ್ರದಾಯಿಕವಾಗಿ ನವಮಿ (9 ನೇ ದಿನ) ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕುಲವಿಯರು ನಡಾವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಆಚರಣೆಗಳು ಮುಗಿಯುವ ಮೊದಲು ದೇವಾಲಯವನ್ನು ಬಿಡಬಾರದು. ಈ ಸಂಗತಿಯನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕುಲವಿಯರು ಮನಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.
देवी चंद्र हासोज्ज वलकरा शार्दू लवर वाहना।
कात्यायनी शुभं दद्या देवी दानव घातिनि।।
।। जय कात्यायनी देवी ।।
God and Goddess
ದೇವರು ಮತ್ತು ದೇವತೆ