Banur is a small town about 25 km from Chandigarh, the capital of Indian Punjab, on the Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway. Its history dates back to ancient times, when it was called Pushpawati. This name was derived from the abundance of flowering plants in the region The name "Banur" is from the name of a local deity, Mai Banno. A temple to Mai Banno stands in the town and is revered by all, irrespective of their religion. A legend has it that Mai Banno was a better musician than Tansen, the great musician in the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.
She could cause rains by singing Raga Megh Malhaar, and could light lamps by singing Deepak Raag. During Mughal times, it was a sizeable town along with its neighbor Chatt. Banda Singh Bahadur reduced it to ruins on his way to Sirhind.
A historic Gurudwara is situated in the south of the town. In the past, the parts of the town were known by localities (Mohallas). For example- Mohalla Ahluwalian, Jainian etc. Though called a town, Banur had a feel of a village life and in reality, was more like a large village. A small market, with about 2 dozen shops, provided basic amenities.
The language spoken by natives is the Puadh dialect of Punjabi with sprinkling of Manjhi brought in by West Punjabis after the partition. The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chatt Village near Banur is a famous tourist attraction. Banur has a very big Gurudwara on Chandigarh Patiala Highway near to Bus Stand. The Gurudwara organizes various religional functions every year .