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Truck Runs Amok in Parmanpur, 4 people died

In the early morning a truck ran over a makeshift shop in Parmanpur, Sason. In this accident, 4 people are killed, and another 4 got injure. Actually 3 of them are died on the spot only and one died on the way to the Burla Hospital --Veer Surendra Sai Institute Of Medical Science And Research (VIMSAR).

The temporary shop was set up for the Dhanu Yatra festival which held at Parmanpur, Sason in Sambalpur. The another four people are in critical and under treatment. The deceased have been identified as Md Sayat, MD Teyat, MD Danish and Waqar Alam.

Prima facie evidence suggests that three of the four deceased are of a family. The truck has been seized and a probe is underway.

Kansa’s death wraps up 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra

Curtains came down on the 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra here on Tuesday. The festival ended with the death of tyrannical King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna and coronation of Ugrasen. Around 3,000 artistes of 120 cultural troupes from across the country performed in the Dhanu Yatra this time.

During Dhanu Yatra, Bargarh transforms into Mathura. River Jeera symbolically represents river Yamuna and Ambapali, which is located on the other side of the river Jeera, turns into Gopapur.

The tyrannical rule of Kansa, his death and the ‘Balya Leela’ of Lord Krishna are enacted at 14 main places in Mathura and Gopapur.

The final act presented Lord Krishna, accompanied by brother Balaram, entering the court of Kansa in a beautifully decorated chariot. Earlier, at the invitation of Kansa, Lord Krishna was brought to Mathura along with Balaram by Akrura, Minister of Kansa, to participate in Dhanu Yatra.

A worried Kansa lost his senses after being informed that Krishna was fast approaching his Raj Durbar to participate in Dhanu Yatra. Though Kansa went berserk, he tried to put up a brave front. After a brief battle, the bulky tyrant tumbled down the stairs of his Durbar. An effigy of Kansa was burnt to mark the end of his tyrannical rule. Lakhs of visitors from across the Sate thronged the festival venue.

Meanwhile, experts in Bargarh opined that since the inception of Dhanu Yatrra, youths of a particular caste are playing the role of Lord Krishna.

“Though Krishna belonged to the milkman community (Gouda) in mythology, his character is always enacted by children of a particular caste. There is no dearth of youngsters in Gouda community here (Ambapali). But, they never get a chance to play Krishna’s role on stage,” experts alleged.

The residents of Amapali turn vegetarians during Dhanu Yatra. Since Lord Krishna and Balaram put up at Amapali during the yatra, locals refrain from having non-vegetarian food as a mark of respect.

Rehearsals going on for Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra New Kansa Bhubaneswar PradhanWith the 11-day Dhanu Yatra barely a week away, rehearsals are going on in full swing for the final show. It is considered to be the largest open-air theatre festival of the world, which will begin from December 23.

This year, 55-year-old Bhubaneswar Pradhan of village Sarla in the district will perform the role of Kansa, the main protagonist of the Yatra. Bhubaneswar, who is owner of an opera party, was selected after an audition conducted by four-member team of jury on November 28. The rehearsal for the Yatra began on December 6 at Kalyan Mandap here.

Ashok Behera, who is the director, said the rehearsal was at its peak. The rehearsals are likely to end on December 19. “All the artistes, including Bhubaneswar, are performing well and they have already completed two rounds of rehearsal,” Behera added.

Speaking about his efforts, Bhubaneswar said he was trying his best to do justice to his character. Around 40 artistes, including musicians, are participating in the rehearsals for five hours every day. The theme of the festival has been influenced by ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’. The enactment of Day One begins with Kansa’s accession to throne and concludes with ‘Kansa Badha’ (death of Kansa) at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna on the last day of the festival.

“Dhanu Yatra” counted as National Festival

The Department of Culture of the Government of India has accorded national festival status to the famous Dhanu Yatra in Bargarh, Odisha.

This was informed by the Bargarh MP Pravas Singh and collector Anjan Manik at a meeting here on Friday.

They said the district administration and the organizing committee have already started preparatory measures two months ahead of the festival.

To make the festival more lively and attractive, a decision has been taken to select the actors to perform in various roles for which a selection committee has been formed under the chairmanship of additional collector Simanchal Mandal.

The committee will have the responsibility to nominate all actors of Mathuranagari.

Besides, well-known Bollywood and Ollywood actors and reputed cultural organizations at the national level would be roped in for the festival this year, they informed.

The meeting decided to bring out a souvenir on the festival in English for the first time. Bargarh MP Pravas Singh would be in charge of its publication.

Like previous years, Rangoli and Sand Art would be on display at the festival.

It was also decided that bus services from Gopapura to Mathuranagari would be provided by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) from this year.

OMFED would put up a stall at Gopapura and take up awareness campaign on production of milk.

Apart from this, the Veterinary department would organise a “Go Sambardhana” programme along with cattle farming during the week-long festival.

Among others, Bargarh MLA Debesh Kumar Acharya, SP Dr Uma Shankar Das, Zilla Parishad vice chairman Soubhagya Ranjan Nayak, senior district officials, office-bearers of Mahotsav Samiti and senior citizens were present at the meeting.

Krishna arrives at Mathura

The scene of 11-day Dhanu Yatra finally shifts to Mathura with the arrival of Lord Krishna, Balaram and cohorts here to take part in the festival.

After retiring for the night at Adimata Mandir at Khajurtikra on Saturday, Lord Krishna went around Mathura on Sunday morning.

Earlier in Khajurtikra, Lord Krishna meets the washerman of King Kansa and asks him to part with one of his clothes. However, on being refused by the washerman, Lord Krishna curses him and proceeds ahead and meets the hunchback florist who dresses up King Kansa. But to his surprise, the florist adores him and decks him up with flowers, as a result of which, Krishna relieves him of his hunch. The scene was enacted at Kali Mandir.

On the other hand, Kansa continues with his tyrannical ways of punishing and penalising people confident of his ‘Dig Vijay’. He tours his kingdom and tries to put up a brave front ahead of the Dhanu Yatra even as the cohorts of Lord Krishna enjoy joyrides and other plays at the Meena Bazaar.

Before retiring in the house of one of their devotees Brundaban Bisi, Lord Krishna and Balaram visit Rang Mahal where the ministers of King Kansa surrender in front of them and welcome them to Mathura. With these enactments, the function at Rang Mahal also concludes. The remaining scenes will now shift to ‘Durbar’ of King Kansa at Hatpada where the final showdown is scheduled for Monday.