Banapur is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Banapur is located in India
Banapur (India)
Coordinates: 19°47′N 85°11′E / 19.78°N 85.18°E / 19.78; 85.18
Country India
1 m (3 ft)
 • Total16,437
 • OfficialOdia
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationOD 33 & OD 02

Banapur is a town and a Notified Area Council in Khordha district in the state of Odisha, India. The town is named after the King Banasura of Lord Shri Krishna era (as the epic tells).

Banasura, a demon-king who is said to have ruled over this place. Major point of attraction here is the temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati (odisha Hindu goddess), the presiding deity of Banapur. It is one of the famous Shaktipithas of Odisha.

The place was under the control of a line of feudal lords, the ancestors of the Rajas (Kings) of Parikud, till 18th century. As per historical importance it was one of the centers of inception of Paika rebellion.


Banapur is located at 19°47′N 85°11′E / 19.78°N 85.18°E / 19.78; 85.18.[1] It has an average elevation of 1 metres (3 feet).


As of 2001 India census,[2] Banapur had a population of 25,652. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Banapur has an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 56% of the males and 44% of females literate. 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.


banapur experiences sub tropical climate due to its proximity to east coast that makes it suitable for growing agriculture crops.

Art and culture

The town is enriched with cultural heritage and is famous for its unique cane made art-crafts such as sofa set, hanging chair, TV stand etc. & a delicious sweet named Mathapuli. The ancient Daksheswar or Dakshya Prajapati Temple situated at the entrance of town features fine specimens of Odia architecture and sculpture. As in Odia proverb bara masa tera parba 13 festival in 12 months. Here in Banapur you can find such culture also. Among all the festivals the most famous one is Panchudola-the 5th day after holi/dola purnima, where you can find the gathering of 72 god and goddess in a large ground. This festival is carried out for 2–3 days. Banapur has a great history of its Religion, Art and Culture.

Nehru Seva Sangh

The Nehru Seva Sangh came into existence in 1946 by Swami Harihar Ram, when India was on the threshold of independence. It is situated at Banapur on the banks of Chilka lake, about 100 km south of Bhubaneshwar, the state capital of Odisha. The Sangh has many activities like- orphanages, schools and training centers for blind, deaf and Women's, welfare of scheduled castes and Hostel fir s.tribes etc. It has schools for both blind and deaf as well as general students. Industrial training center for women on tailoring, And Cane, willow and Stenography for men & women running.

Panchudola festival

Panchu Dola festival is seen in Orissa and is related with Dola Purnima and Holi celebration saw here. It is watched five days after Dola Purnima. On the day Gods and Goddess from sanctuaries in a zone are conveyed to an open ground(Paltan Padia) in the town in brilliant processions. The assemblage of divinities from a few sanctuaries draws in a large number of aficionados.

The festival is a noteworthy occasion in country parts of Eastern India and is otherwise called Dasa Dola. The put where the divinities amass transforms into a mela ground. Playing of Holi with hues and fire works around evening time are a portion of the essential exercises on the day. The gathering of the different gods from ious sanctuaries is joined by different ceremonies.


More than 80% of the town population are educated (male-55% and female-45%). There are more than 15 primary schools and 10 high schools in the town. Some of the best high schools are as follows-

There is also the scope of higher education in general studies like Bachelors in Humanities as well as in Science and only Intermediate in Commerce.

The town has more than four colleges and they are:

Health and community centre

There is a govt hospital for general public. 1- CHC, Banapur, 2- PHC, Nachuni 3- CHC, Gambharimunda 4- 3 other Govt. Health centers

Notable people

Famous for the time honoured temple of Goddess Bhagabati, Banapur has earned celebrity as a center of religious activities. Once it was the capital of Sailodvaba dynasty, responsible for the construction of the early group of temples in Bhubaneswar. The large number of Buddhist images discovered at Banapur relate the place to the Vajrayan cult of Buddhism. The temple of "Dakshya Prajapati" is a fine specimen of 12th century extraordinary artistic excellence of Odishan art. Banapur is also famous for its cane products. It plays one of the most important role in Odia history.

It was an important centre of Shaivism, Shaktism and Buddhism. Lord Jagganath was housed in Bankada gada fort at Banapur for 30 years. The town is in scenic and sublime surroundings. It is surrounded from 3 types by huge hills led by GHANTASILA and chilika on the 4th side.

Chilika, the largest brackish water lake in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 square kilometres (420 sq mi) is a great attraction for the tourists for fishing, bird watching and boating. In winter, Chilika attracts thousands of indigenous and migratory birds. This is also place of attraction for the endearing species Irrabati dolphin.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Banapur
  2. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.