BARGARH: Curtains came down on the 11-day-long Dhanu Yatra on Monday with the death of demon king Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna.
Ironically, at the end of it all, the tyrant King won more hearts than the hero of the show, Lord Krishna. Lakhs of visitors who witnessed the largest open air theatre show, would fondly remember the ‘pleasant’ tyranny and wait for him till next year.
The final act of the show was staged with Lord Krishna and Balaram entering the court of Kansa in a beautifully decorated chariot. In fact, the whole yatra is a plot by King Kansa to kill Krishna, but the plan goes awry with Lord Krishna overcoming all the obstacles and killing Kansa. The final scene was enacted by the characters to perfection. A panicked Kansa loses his senses after being informed that Krishna is approaching his ‘durbar’ to participate in Dhanu Yatra. Sensing his death, he goes berserk, yet tries to put up a brave front with empty bravado. After a brief battle, the bulky tyrant bleeding all over, goes tumbling down the stairs of his durbar.
An effigy of king Kansa is burnt to mark the end of his tyrannical rule and Rajya Abhishek of Kansa’s father, Ugrasen, is done. As per tradition, Kansa would leave for Puri to visit the Jagannath temple to seek forgiveness from the Lord for all his unholy utterance against Lord Krishna.