(Last Updated on : 31-10-2014)
Bargarh district in Orissa is deep rooted in culture and heritage. This place hosts the world's largest Open Air Theatre festival. Dhanu Yatra
is the most popular festival of Bargarh district and is celebrated for eleven days on a row. Held during the first half of the month of January, the whole Bargarh district becomes a stage where people depict mythology into a religion. The main objective of the festival is to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The episodes of Kans Vadh, (the killing of Kans) are staged at different parts of the district thus making it the largest open air theatre in the world. During the festival Bargarh awakes to the vibrations of drums and bugles. The mood takes over thousands from near by villages who throng the streets of Bargarh to enjoy and take part in the cultural drama. The main magnetism is Kans whose characterisation dominates the festival regardless of people viewing him as a demon. The festival begins with enactment of the grand wedding of Devaki and Vasudev, then traces the birth of Krishna and climaxes with Kans's death. The unique show boasts of a cast that involves nearly everyone in Bargarh district.
Baisakh Mela is a popular fair of Bargarh district. It is celebrated on the event of Nrusingha Janma and is also known as Narsingh Chaturdashi Mela. There is a huge gathering of devotees on this occasion. Car festival of Bhatli in Bargarh district is yet another festival which takes place in at Dadhibaman Temple of Bhatli on the Dwitiya Tithi of Asadha. On this auspicious day Lord Dadhibaman rides on the chariot and sets out on a journey to Mausima Mandir. The Lord stays in Mausima Mandir for nine days and returns on the Dasami of Asadha to his temple. Devotees in large number gather to attend the festival. Sital Sashthi is a festival celebrated every year on the occasion of the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati
. Many folk dances, cultural programmes are organised to mark the event. Maha Shivaratri
is commemorated with great pomp and show in the temples of Bargarh district. Lord Shiva
is worshipped on this occasion and disciples pay homage by observing a fast. Nuakhai or Nabanna is a social festival of unity. It celebrates the harvest of crops. On this occasion the new grain after harvesting is first offered to the local goddess. People wear new clothes, cook delicious food and involve themselves in merrymaking.
Thus, it can be said that culture is an integral part in the life of the people of Bargarh district of Orissa.