Banapur

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Banapur
Banpur
city
Banapur is located in Odisha
Banapur
Banapur
Location in Odisha, India
Coordinates: 19°47′N 85°11′E / 19.78°N 85.18°E / 19.78; 85.18Coordinates: 19°47′N 85°11′E / 19.78°N 85.18°E / 19.78; 85.18
Country  India
State Odisha
District Khordha
Elevation 1 m (3 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 16,437
Languages
 • Official Oriya
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 752031
Website www.odisha.gov.in

Banpur 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 Krishna age.Banasura, a demon-king who is said to have ruled over this place. The place was under the control of a line of feudal lords, the ancestors of the Rajas of Parikud, till 18th century. Major point of attraction here is the temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati, the presiding deity of Banpur. It is one of the famous Shaktipithas of Odisha.

Geography[edit]

Banpur 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).

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Banpur had a population of 16,437. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Banpur 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.

Climate[edit]

As the town is situated in the coastal area there you cannot feel too hot in summer or too cold in winter. The rain fall is sound and suitable for agriculture.

Art and Culture[edit]

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. The ancient Daksheswar or Dakshya Prajapati Temple situated at the entrance of town features fine specimens of Oriya architecture and sculpture. As in Oriya proverb bara masa tera parva i.e., in 12 months 13 festivals,the people of Odisha celebrate 13 festival in 12 months. Here in Banpur 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. Banpur has a great history of its Religion, Art and Culture.

Nehru Seva Sangh[edit]

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 Banpur on the banks of Chilka lake, about 100km south of Bhubaneshwar, the state capital of Odisha. The Sangh has many activities like- orphanages, schools and training centers for blind, deaf and Womens, welfare of scheduled castes and Hostel fir s.tribes etc. It has schools for both blind and deaf as well as general students. Industial traning center for women on tailoring, And Cane, willow and Stenography for men & women running.

Education[edit]

More than 60% 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-

  • Boys' High School(govt), Banpur(NAC).
  • Godavarish Bidyapitha(govt), Banpur.
  • Sri Aurobindo School Of Integral Education, Banpur
  • Balugaon High School(govt), Balugaon(NAC).
  • Panchupalli Somanath High School, Brahmankushadiha.
  • Girls' High School (govt), Banpur(NAC).
  • Banambar Academy (semi govt),Bhimpur.
  • Saraswati Sisumandir, Bhagabati Vihar, Bisarpatana, Banpur(NAC)
  • Nilakantheswar Vidyapitha,Kumaranga,Banpur(NAC)
  • Gayatri Vidya Mandir,Bhimpur,Banpur.

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

The town has two colleges and they are:

  • Godavarish Mahavidyalaya, Banpur
  • Nachuni Mahavidyalaya, Nachuni
  • Balugaon college, Balugaon.
  • Panchupalli Bhima Balabantaray College, Solari

Health and Community centre[edit]

There is a govt hospital for general public.

Eminent Personalities[edit]

  • Godavaris Mishra-freedom fighter, writer, teacher., Founder of Godavarish Vidyapith & Godavarish Mahavidyalaya
  • Godavarish Mohapatra-editor, writer.
  • Krusna Chandra Tripathy- Poet, known as Paika Kabi
  • HariHar Ram- Founder Nehru Sewa Sangh
  • Late Loknath mishra-Former governor of Assam(1991–1997)
  • Ranganatha Mishra-Former CJI
  • Baidyanath Ram, Noted Journalist
  • Dr. J.P.Das, IAS, Noted Writter

Famous for the time honoured temple of Goddess Bhagabati, Banpur 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 Banpur relate the place to the Vajrayan cult of Buddhism. The temple of "Dakshya Prajapati" is a fine specimen of extraordinary artistic excellence of Odishan art.

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 specie Irrawaddy dolphin.

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