Founded by Raghunatha I of the Malla Dynasty, this is a town and municipality in the Bankura District. This town is mainly known for the beautiful terra cotta work and the Baluchari Sarees that are made here. In fact the terra cotta work here is the best around Eastern India that has withstood the ravages of time. The unique design and architecture of the temples here is known as the Bishnupuri designs. This place was initially not named Bishnupur. It came to be known by this name after the name of Lord Vishnu. Most of the people here belong to the Vaishnava Sect.