13 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: In a letter to the Centre, the BJD MP Prasanna Acharya urges to declare the Dhanuyatra festival as a national festival.
“The festival of Dhanuyatra, a great mass festival held annually at Bargarh in Odisha is based on the noble deeds of Lord Krishna who symbolizes virtues and righteousness. Dhanuyatra depicts the story of Lord Krishna from the point of marriage of Devaki and Vasudev until the death of the tyrannical king Kansha in the hands of Lord Krishna,” the MP mentions in his letter to Rajya Sabha Chairperson dated December 7, 2019.
He adds, “During the eleven-day long festival the whole town of Bargarh becomes the city of Mathura, the capital of Kansha’s kingdom and the river Jeera becomes the river Yamuna and village Ambapali situated on the other side of the river Jeera becomes Gopapura, the childhood place of Lord Krishna.”
Known as the world’s largest open-air theatre, the festival started in the year 1948 with India a young independent country and the people in a celebratory mood. The letter mentions that the festivities symbolized India’s victory over unjust British rule just as Lord Krishna’s win over wicked Kansha.
Every year the festival attracts visitors not only from all over India but also a few foreigners who have a gala time enjoying the wide-scale celebrations.
Stressing on the mythological and cultural importance of the festival, Acharya urges the Central Government to declare the Dhanuyatra as a national festival with adequate financial assistance.