17 January 2019
Bargarh: The world-renowned Dhanu Jatra on its sixth day witnessed the slaying of demon warriors Putuna, Sakata, Truna, Baka and Dhenu by the heroic duo Krishna-Balaram. As spectators cheered loudly, the two brothers eliminated all the demons sent by King Kansa to kill Krishna.
Based on mythological story of Krishna and his demon uncle Kansa, Dhanu Jatra features tales of ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’. While Bargarh town turns tyrant Kansa’s kingdom Mathura, Hatapada here features as his Raj Darbar (royal court). On the other hand, Ambapalli, situated on the other side of river Jeera here, features as Gopapur, kid Lord Krishna’s nativity.
The enactment at Gopapur ends on the ninth day when Lord Krishna, Balaram and their cohorts arrive at Mathura accompanied by Akrura to participate in Dhanu Yatra. A visitor has to move around to watch the enactments.
Annual drama-based open air theatrical performance Dhanu Jatra is an 11-day long festival that starts from Pausa Shukla Panchami to Pausa Purnima and has been accorded the status of national festival by Government of India’s department of culture. It is observed in a field spread across a 6km radius area around the Bargarh municipality- the world's largest open air theater.