Berhampur, April 2 (LocalWire): An e-book on the famous Thakurani Yatra, a 240-year-old biennial carnival of Maa Bada Thakurani, the reigning deity of the city as per Hindu faith, has been developed by a retired teacher of Berhampur University.
The Yatra attracts thousands of visitors for about a month during the summer evenings in April-May every alternate year to the busy market place Bada Bazar.
‘I am participating in the Yatra since my childhood. Conventionally, the people try to involve themselves in organising the Yatra as per their capabilities,’ said the e-book developer and retired teacher of journalism and mass communication department of the university, Pradeep Mohapatra.
Another e-book containing lengthy narratives will be published this year on 14 April, during Maha Bisubha Sankranti, he said.
The month-long yatra commenced on 29 March and will continue till the early hours of 29 April.
People celebrate the occasion as a thanks-giving-ceremony. The origin of the carnival dates back to eighteen century, sometime between 1772 and 1782 AD when a particular clan of weavers’ from Rajmuhundary migrated to Berhampur under the patronage of the local Mahuri ruler and started weaving silk.
Till World War II, silk handloom was a profitable business and the community utilised the post-harvest carnival to attract buyers from south Odisha to visit Berhampur for purchases.
Though globalisation has changed the market economics, it resulted in building faith in religion which continues to fuel such religious ceremonies to further heights, Mohapatra said in his e-book.