Baragarh, Baragarh District, Orissa
7 to 11 days
December - January
Dhanu Yatra relating to the episode of Lord Krishna's visit to Mathura to witness the ceremony of "Bow" is colourfully observed at Bargarh. The town of Bargarh becomes Mathura, the river Jira becomes Yamuna and the village Amapalli on the other bank of the river becomes Gopa. Different acts of the Puranic descriptions are performed at their right places and the spectators move from place to place with the actions to see the performance.
Dissimilar acts of the Puranic description are performed at their right places and the spectators move from place to place with the actors to seethe performances. The drama and reality get inextricably fused.
The festival continues for 7 to 11 days preceding 'Pausa Purnima', the full-moon day of 'Pausa', which falls in December-January every year.
The performances are held from 3 P.M. to 9 P.M., which are followed by entertainment programmes during the whole night.