On Monday I was held up in traffic in almost all the street I travelled in Mumbai, due to Dahi Handi !!
It was wonderful seeing group of guys climbing up like pyramid and hitting the pot. I was not prepared neither did I take my camera with me ! I am sharing the photos and video.
Dahi Handi(Dahi means Curd and Handi means earthen pot) is a festival most popular in the state of Maharashtra and Mumbai its capital. As the legend goes Lord Krishna and his friends would form human pyramids to steal the curd and butter in a village. The curd and the butter made in that village was given to the King who ruled them making the children deprived of the milk products.
This festival is a part of Gokulashtami, known as Krishna Janmashtami in the rest of the country, is the celebration of the god Krishna’s birth and Dahi Handi is part of it.
An earthen pot filled with milk,butter or curd sometimes fruits too is hung at a huge height. People form pyramid and hit the pot thus imitating the act and fondly remembering the Bal Krishna(Child Krishna).
Nowadays this kind of event is organised and team of people coming from various parts of the city/state play and get the prize money. The participants of this event are called Govinda pathak.
The sturdy men form the lower tier and keep the balance of the participants.
As the tier progresses only lighter folks proceed up.
Usually a child is in the top most tier and break the pot thereby spilling the contents over the folks.
Traditionally it is said people used to splash water over them. It is then followed by dancing and music.
The glittering trophy and prize money was waiting for the participants.
It was a treat watching them. It was my first Dahi Handi in Mumbai and I really enjoyed it.
I never knew it would be celebrated in such a huge level.