Bhubaneswar Pradhan, King Kansa of Dhanu Jatra meets Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati

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King ‘Kansa’ takes holy dip in sea in Odisha

By Subadh Naik

January 2018

KalingaTV News Network

Puri: Bhubaneswar Pradhan, who played the role of King ‘Kansa’ during the 11-day-long Dhanu Jatra in Bargarh town, took a holy dip in the sea today to get rid of his bad deeds. Later, he visited the Shree Jagannath Temple seeking forgiveness from the Lord for the sins he had committed while enacting his role.

Some of Pradhan’s associates who played the characters of his ministers also accompanied him. Bhubaneswar Pradhan also called on Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati and sought his blessings.

Pradhan was selected among 27 artistes through an audition to play the character. He had played the role twice earlier.

The 11-day Dhanu Jatra, which began on December 23, concluded yesterday with the death of tyrannical King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna.

Notably, the grand festival is based on Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay. The story begins with the legendary king of Mathura Kansa ascending the throne and ends with Krishna killing his uncle Kansa.