Bhagabati Temple is Situated at Banapur village, and It is 8 km distance from Balugaon, 12 km from Barakul of Chilika and 105 km from Bhubaneswar. Goddess Bhagabati and Dakhya Prajapati are worshipped in this temple. Bhagabati Temple is one of the famous Shakti Pitha of Odisha. The temple was built in the 9th century AD. Godess Bhagabati is also known as Maa Mangala. Maa Bhagwati is coming for worship as the goddess of King Banasur of Banpur. The idol of Maa Bhagabati is made of huge Ashtadhatu. Goddesses Bhagbati, Birjai, Kalijai, Narayani, Sitambhari, Budhi Thakurani and Polakasuni are worshipped at Maa Bhagabati Temple from Mulastami to Amavasya in the month of Ashwini. Lakhs of devotees visit the temple during this time. On the day of Dussehra, Mother Bhagwati appears in the form of Mahishamardini.
As this temple is a famous Shakti Peetha, Dussehra is celebrated with great festivity. This festival is celebrated on three days, Ashtami, Navami and Dashami, and on this days thousands of devotees come to worship Maa Bhagwati temple. Many Buddhist idols have been excavated in Banapur, so this place is associated with Buddhist culture. Maa Bhagabati Mandir is a famous temple in Khordha, Odisha
Another attraction of Banpur is the Shalia dam which is only 2 km from the Banapur Bhagabati temple. It attracts tourists to come here in winter for a beautiful natural environment. It is the best place for Picnic, Excursion & Weekend holidays. Maa Bhagabati Temple is a popular tourist attraction places in Khordha District.
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