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Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra:

The ‘Dhanu Yatra’ festival, considered to be the world’s largest open-air theatre, has commenced recently in the Western Odisha town of Bargarh.

  • Dhanu Yatra: The plays in the festival start with the dethroning of Emperor Ugrasen of Mathura by angry Kansa over the marriage of his sister Devaki with Vasudev.
  • The festival will conclude with the death of demon king Kansa and the restoration of the throne to Ugrasen
  • With the commencement of the festival, Bargarh becomes King Kansa’s Mathura, and Amapali, located about eight km away, becomes Gopapura, where Lord Krishna is said to have spent his childhood.
  • The Jeera River which flows between the two places becomes the Yamuna River.