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The city of dreams gearing up for ‘Dahi Handi’ with helmets & no-height limit

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  • August 12, 2017
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Walking the streets of Mumbai on Janmashtami means walking through the myriad of colours, throngs of people and sounds of screams of joy. Also, known as the ‘Dahi Kala Utsav’ in Maharashtra and ‘Dahi Handi’ locally in Mumbai, this occasion looks more like an athletic feat than a festival. Looking at human pyramids taller than your neck can possibly stretch, breaking the Dahi Handi seems more of a sports competition than celebrating Lord Krishna’s little antics.

Hundreds of humans standing atop each other forming a pyramid and breaking an earthen clay pot full of curd and flowers is a sight to behold. The groups compete on the festival of Gokulashtami to win the prize of having broken the pot at some of the highest points in the city. The concept of Janmashtami says that Lord Krishna, as a child used to relish butter from clay pots that were hung high on the ceiling. The Lord and his friends came together and formed a pyramid to lift him up and break the pot. The ritual, however, took an unexpected turn over a period of time when people began to compete against each other in groups.

Meaning to relive the mischiefs played by Lord Krishna, younger children were chosen to break the high hung pots. Over the years, there have been many incidents across the country where little children have been injured while climbing on top of the pyramid. The Bombay High Court recently removed the height restriction, making the mandals who organize dahi handi happy. These mandals are now looking towards the state legislative assembly for new directives about the limit of height which will be set for the ‘Govindas’ during the celebration.

Let’s keep our fingers that this Dahi Handi is safe for every Govinda who is participating.

Walking the streets of Mumbai on Janmashtami means walking through the myriad of colours, throngs of people and sounds of screams of joy. Also, known as the ‘Dahi Kala Utsav’ in Maharashtra and ‘Dahi Handi’ locally in Mumbai, this occasion looks more like an athletic feat than a festival. Looking at human pyramids taller than your neck can possibly stretch, breaking the Dahi Handi seems more of a sports competition than celebrating Lord Krishna’s little antics. Hundreds of humans standing atop each other forming a pyramid and breaking an earthen clay pot full of curd and flowers is a sight to behold. The groups compete on the festival of Gokulashtami to win the prize of having broken the pot at some of the highest points in the city. The concept of Janmashtami says that Lord Krishna, as a child used to relish butter from clay pots that were hung high on the ceiling. The Lord and his friends came together and formed a pyramid to lift him up and break the pot. The ritual, however, took an unexpected turn over a period of time when people began to compete against each other in groups. Meaning to relive the mischiefs played by Lord Krishna, younger children were chosen to break the high hung pots. Over the years, there have been many incidents across the country where little children have been injured while climbing on top of the pyramid. The Bombay High Court recently removed the height restriction, making the mandals who organize dahi handi happy. These mandals are now looking towards the state legislative assembly for new directives about the limit of height which will be set for the ‘Govindas’ during the celebration. Let’s keep our fingers that this Dahi Handi is safe for every Govinda who is participating.

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