(Last Updated on : 18/12/2012)
Subarnapur district has the town of Sonepur as its district headquarters. This district has two subdivisions Sonepur and Birmaharajpur. It earned its name "Subarnapur" during the time of Somavamsi ruler. This district is known for its rich cultural heritage, arts and crafts. Textiles and terracotta of Sonepur, Brass metal works and Philigri crafts of Tarbha and Binka, Stone carving of Ullunda and Paddy crafts of Dunguripali are well known.
Subarnapur is also known as the City of Temples. It is situated between 20o30`N to 21o11`N latitude and 83o27`E to 84o16`E longitude. The district is spread over an area of 2284.89 Sq. km. It is even considered as Second Varanasi
of India. The great poet and prophet of Mahima Dharma, Santh Bhima Bhoi belonged to Subarnapur district. This region is also known for `Danda-nata` which is a religious folk tradition that is performed in the month of Chaitra. This place was known as Paschima Lanka.
The Tehsils of this district are Sonepur, Binika, Rampur, Birmaharajpur, Tarbha, and Ullunda. Sonepur is its Municipality. The district is a part of Balangir Lok sabha constituency.
Sonepur College is a well known college of the district. Other colleges are PS College, Ulunda, Birmaharajpur College, Dunguripali College, Subalaya College, A.E.S.College, Sidhartha College, Dharmasala College and Bhutiapali College. Some of the major temples of this region are Sasisena Temple, Sureswari Temple, Subarnameru Temple, Kosaleswara Temple and Lankeswari Temple.
The major tourist attraction of this state are Mahima pitha, Metakani Temple, Patali Srikhetra, Papakshya Ghat, Kapileswar temple, Nabagrahakunda and Anganadi of Digsira.
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