Bargarh: Amidst pomp and joy began the 63rd edition of the World’s biggest open-air theatre Dhanuyatra on Friday.
The festival was inaugurated by Mr. Bhabagrahi Mishra, Collector Cum Magistrate of Bargarh and President of the festival committee.
The first day of the event witnessed King Ugrasena, Kansa’s father offering prayers at the Samaleshwari temple and marching towards his Durbar. The marriage of Basudev and Devaki is staged after the consent of King Ugrasena. However Kansa is not happy with the marriage. Soon king Kansa puts the wedded couple in the prison after a divine voice warns Kansa of his death at the hands of the eighth child of Devaki.
Enraged after hearing the announcement, Kansa moves to his Raj Darbar. He dethrones king Ugrasena and takes his place as the king from where began his tyrannical rule. Kansa’s Durbar in the evening witnessed folk dance and music.