Subarnapur is located in Odisha
Location in Odisha, India
Subarnapur is located in India
Subarnapur (India)
Coordinates: 20°50′N 83°55′E / 20.83°N 83.92°E / 20.83; 83.92
Country India
State Odisha
121 m (397 ft)
 • Total17,535
 • OfficialOdia
 • SpokenSambalpuri
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code06654
Vehicle registrationOD-31

Subarnapur, also known as Sonepur, is a town and district headquarters of Subarnapur district of Odisha. The district spreads over an area of 2284.89 km2. It is also known as Second Varanasi of India for its cluster of temples having architectural importance and also of tantricism and second Allahabad for the Meeting Point (Sangam) of two rivers Mahanadi and Tel in place just like in Allahabad.[1] Subarnapur is also famous for silk, handloom, prawns, terracotta etc.


Sonepur was formerly the capital of Sonepur State, a princely state of British India.[2]


As of 2001 India census,[3] Sonepur town had a population of 17,535. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Sonepur has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 65%. In Sonepur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Temples of Sonepur

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Notable people



Current MLA from Sonepur (SC) Assembly Constituency is Niranjan Pujari of BJD, who won the seat in State elections in 2014. Previous MLAs from this seat were Binod Patra of INC, who won the seat in 2004, Kunduru Kushal who won this seat representing BJD in 2000, representing JD in 1995 and in 1990, Achyuta Biswal of INC in 1985, Dhaneswar Kumbhar of INC(I) in 1980, and Debraj Seth of JNP in 1977. The place witnessed one and only sitting Prime Minister, i.e. Shri Narendra Modi here on 6th of April 2019.[4]

Sonepur is part of Balangir (Lok Sabha constituency).

See also


  1. ^ "Tourism in Sonepur".
  2. ^ Princely States of India
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ "State Elections 2004 – Partywise Comparison for 112-Sonepur Constituency of Odisha". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 18 September 2008.