Bargarh: The famous 11-day annual Dhanu Yatra kicked off amid religious fervour and splendour here on Tuesday.
Bargarh MP Suresh Pujhari, Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya, Bargarh MLA Debesh Acharya, district Collector Jyotiranjan Pradhan and ADM Prabhash Dansena and Yatra convenor Sureshswar Satpathy graced the inaugural function as guests. During 11-day period, the yatra portrays the rule of demon king Kansa in Mathura, birth of Lord Krushna, miracles done by child Krushna and death of Kansa. The longest open stage drama would continue till January 10. The town has been bedecked in a royal style, symbolsing Mathura of Dwapara Yuga.
The entire mythological drama is captioned as Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay. While Bargarh town has become Mathura, Ambapali has turned Gopapura and the Jeera river as the Jamuna river, symbolically.
To avoid any untoward situation during the yatra, the district police administration has beefed up high security measures at the venue.