Dhanu Yatra

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  • December 30, 2022
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Context: The ‘Dhanu Yatra’ festival, the largest open-air theatre festival began after a gap of two years, at Bargarh in the state of Odisha.

About Dhanu Yatra:

  • It came into existence in Bargarh in 1947-48 as part of celebrating country’s Independence.
  • It is held annually for 7-11 days.
  • It is performed at the end of the harvesting of paddy which is the major crop of the region.
  • The plays in the festival starts with dethroning of Emperor Ugrasen of Mathura by Kansa over the marriage of his sister Devaki with Vasudev.
  • It concludes with the death of demon king Kansa and restoration of the throne to Ugrasen.
  • Bargarh becomes King Kansa’s Mathura, and Amapali becomes Gopapura, where Lord Krishna have spent his childhood.
  • Apparently, the jeera river represents the Yamuna during the famed Dhanu Yatra celebration when the entire Bargarh municipal limits, spread over 5 sq km, turns into a stage and every citizen plays a role.
  • The river was once considered the lifeline of Bargarh.

Source: NewsOnAir

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