Story of Lord Krishna and King Kansa : Dhanu Jatra

The famous 11-day long ‘Dhanu Jatra’, considered as the largest open-air theatre of the world began at Bargarh in Odisha.


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  • The Jatra is predicated on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa. It's all about the episode of Krishna and Balaram's visit to Mathura to witness the Dhanu ceremony organized by their (maternal) uncle King Kansa.
  • The play starts with the dethroning of the Ugrasena by the angry prince Kansa, over the wedding of his sister Devaki with Basudeba, and ends with the death of Kansa. Ugrasen restoring back to become the king.
  • Dhanu Jatra is an annual drama-based open-air performance (theatrical) celebrated in and around Bargarh city.
  • It is considered to be the world’s largest open-air theatrical festival that finds a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • The annual festival came into being in 1947-48 to celebrate Indian’s Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
  • The department of Culture of the Government of India has accorded National Festival status to Dhanu Jatra in November 2014.

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