Bhubaneswar: The 70th edition of the world’s largest open air theatre Bargarh Dhanu Yatra began today in Bargarh.
The 11-day festival is based on Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay. It begins with enactment the grand wedding of Devaki and Basudeva, then traces the birth of Krishna and ends with death of the demon king Kansa.
During the festival, Bargarh town is made to resemble Mathura – the birthplace and homeland of Lord Krishna. While river Jeera of Bargarh is made to resemble river Yamuna, Amapali, located on the outskirts of the town, is transformed into Gopapura.
The first day of the Dhanu Yatra featured Devaki-Basudev’s marriage, beginning of Kansa’s reign after Ugrasen’s defeat, and Devaki & Basudev’s imprisonment.
The event will conclude on January 21.