About the Temple
Banpur located 8KM from Balugaon (Along NH16 if you are heading towards Berhmapur from Bhubaneswar, Banpur falls on the right,bang opposite the point where one takes a left turn towards Balugaon) has a hidden treasure- the 13th Century AD Dakhya Prajapti Temple– The temple named after Daksha the father of Lord Shiva’s consort Parvati is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It’s one of the best preserved temples in the state. The temple was built around the same time as the Konark Sun Temple during the rule of King Narasimha Deva I of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.
The temple would easily rank as one of the top five temples in the state in terms of architectural composition and the flourish and exquisiteness of the carvings.
Despite its richness and beauty, the temple is not known outside Banpur and is a distant second fiddle to the more revered and popular Maa Bhagabati Temple for the local people.
Makara Sankranti – the kite flying festival held in the month of January, is a much celebrated festival of the temple.