Bargarh: The festive mood of world famous Bargarh’s Dhanu Jatra has begun with the district collector and president of the Dhanu Jatra organising committee Khagendra Kumar Padhi setting up the traditional ‘Subha Stambha’ (holy stone) at Hatapada in the district today.
Reports said that the rehearsal for the 11-day festival will begin after the selection of King Kansa. The audition for the selection of King Kansa will begin from November 28.
The annual festival of Dhanu Jatra will kick start from December 23 and will wind up on January 2.
Dhanu Jatra is an annual drama performed on open-air theatre. It is acknowledged as the world’s largest open-air theatre and the performance is based on mythological story of Krishna and his demon uncle Kansa. It is about the episode of Krishna and Balaram’s visit to Mathura to witness the Dhanu ceremony organized by their maternal uncle Kansa.
The play starts with the dethroning of emperor Ugrasena by the angry prince Kansa, over the marriage of his sister Debaki with Basudeva and ends with the death of the demon King Kansa and Ugrasen being restored back to the throne.