Bargarh: Dhanuyatra, Worlds Biggest Open Air Theatre Commences from Today.
India got Independence on 15th August 1947. People from every nook and corner of the Country celebrated this Independence. Bargarh is no exception. To remember the Independence of India for all time to come began the Worlds biggest open air theatre – Dhanuyatra, in 1948.
The celebration of Indian Independence and victory over unjust British rule, symbolically shows the victory of Lord Krishna, who personifies truth, justice and righteousness over Kansa who personifies arrogance and wickedness.
Every year in the month of Pausa, it is celebrated for eleven days. The festival begins with enactment the grand wedding of Devaki and Basudeva, then traces the birth of Krishna and ends with Kansa’s death.
For this occasion the whole town of Bargarh becomes the city of Mathura. Ambapali situated on the other side of river Jeera becomes Gopapura and the river Jeera becomes Yamuna.
However all the episodes of the festival takes place in 14 different places of the town making it the largest open air theatre in the World, which provides the festival a unique identity.
During these 11 days, Kansa goes on a Nagar Parikrama on an Elephant, every morning. He imposes fines on any one for violation of rules. He also holds a durbar to listen to the grievances of his subjects and rewards and punishes them accordingly may it be any MLA, MP or any other senior official. All respect Kansa and obey his orders without fail.
The festival will continue till 9th January, 2012.