Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 25:
A day after the curtains came down on the world famous 11-day Dhanu Yatra in Odisha’s Bargarh town, the King ‘Kansa’ today took a holy dip in the sea here this morning and visited the Lord Jagannath temple to seek forgiveness and get cleansed of the “sins” he committed while performing the act.
Hrushikesh Bhoi, the man who played the character of mythical tyrant king of Matura Kansa, along with persons who played the characters of his ministers at the Dhanu Yatra took the holy dip in the sea and accompanied him to the 12th century shrine.
As the uncle of Lord Krishna during the Bargarh Dhanu Yatra that concluded yesterday, Bhoi felt he had offended the Lord and humans too.
Bhoi and other members of his troupe first took a bath in the sea to be rid of their bad deeds as Kansa and his ministers and then proceeded to meet and seek forgiveness from Shankaracharya of Govardhan peeth Swami Nischalananda Saraswati.
“I come here every year after the play concludes with Kansa’s death to seek forgiveness for having acted as a cruel ruler and for utterances and acts against my nephew Lord Jagannath. I beg forgiveness for having been rude and inhuman as well as offending Lord Krishna. I come here to meet Lord Jagannath to purify my heart,” said Bhoi.
Notably, Bhoi, a native of Chicholi village under Ambabhona block in Bargarh district has been playing the character of Character since 2008. After the open air theatre ends, Bhoi pays obeisance at Lord Jagannath temple here every year.
“Lord Jagannath is the deity of my soul and I wanted him to know I was only enacting the part of a tyrant sincerely since it is my duty to make Dhanu yatra a success,” said Bhoi after having the darshan.
Like every year, this year too Bhoi won acclaim and appreciation from politicians and art lovers for his performance as Kansa.
Like every year, Bhoi bagged appreciation and acclaim from viewers for his mesmerising performance as Kansa this year too.