Bankura  is  located  in  the  western part  of the  State  of West Bengal. It is a part of Bardhaman Division of the State and  included in  the area known as "Rarh" in Bengal. It ranks 4th according to Population and literacy rate of 2001 Census in the State. The District Bankura is bounded by latitude 22038 N and longitude 86036 E to 87047 E. River   Demodar  flows  along  the  northern   boundary  of the district. The   adjacent districts are Bardhaman in the north, Purulia in th  west  and  Paschim  Medinapure  in the south. The Survey of  India (SOI)  toposheets  covering  the districts  are 73I, 73J, 73M and 73N.