Banpur is a small town situated 13 km from Barakul and eight km from Balugaon, in Khordha District
. Major point of attraction here is the temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati, the presiding deity of Banpur. It is one of the famous Shaktipitha
s of Orissa.
Banpur derives its name after 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.
The ancient Daksheswar or Dakshya Prajapati Temple situated at the entrance of town features fine specimens of Orissan architecture and sculpture. Salia Dam is situated about 14 km west of Banpur.
Balugaon Railway Station is the nearest railhead (5 km). Banpur can be accessed by buses and autorikshas from Balugaon.