World’s Largest Open Air Theatre “Dhanu Yatra” Kicks Off

**Bargarh:** Curtains of the world’s largest open air theatre Dhanu Yatra got raised from Monday (January 2) that marks the 11-day-long diktat of demon king Kansa in the headquarters town here of western Odisha.

Dhanu Yatra features mythological tales of ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’.

While Bargarh town turns tyrant Kansa’s kingdom Mathurapuri, 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 Gopapura, kid Lord Krishna’s nativity.

The beginning day of the mega cultural extravaganza began with the wedding of Kansa’s sister Devaki with Basudev.

The larger than life character demon king Kansa, played by actor Hrushikesh Bhoi, steals a march over others and rules the roost. He dictates the term over the headquarters town here. Besides all the denizens, all administrative officials, including the Collector and SP, become subjects and abide by his decrees.

The centre of attraction during the 11-day-long unprecedented reign, Kansa spares none caught red-handed breaching the civil laws. Even Ministers of the State Government are passed on strictures and penalised for alleged lapses and laxities in delivering governance and developmental works.

With the enactment of ‘Kansa Baddha’ (assassination of the tyrant Kansa by youngster Lord Krishna on the concluding 11th day, curtains fall on the mega mythological spectacular show.
In a bid to maintain law and order during the festival 12 platoons of police force has been deployed.

“As per the rituals, the Dhanu Yatra will continue for 11 days. All our preparations have reached the final stages and we have made foolproof arrangements,” said Bargarh Collector, Anjan Kumar Manik who inaugurated the festival.

“The world famous festival will continue till January 12. We have made elaborate security arrangements. We have deployed around 12 platoons of force along with 6 DSPs, 10 inspectors and 29 sub-inspectors will be on duty during the yatra. We hope this programme will pass off peacefully” said Bargarh SP, B Jugal Kishore.