Coffeetalks/ August 20, 2014/ Lifestyle/ 3 comments

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.

Earthen Pot hung along with flowers

Earthen Pot hung along with flowers

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.

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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.

Players coming in lorry !

Players coming in lorry !

 

 

The sturdy men form the lower tier and keep the balance of the participants.

Balancing the act

Balancing the act

As the tier progresses only lighter folks proceed up.

Forming human pyramid

Forming human pyramid

 

Usually a child is in the top most tier and break the pot thereby spilling the contents over the folks.

Kid balancing at the top

Kid balancing at the top

Traditionally it is said people used to splash water over them. It is then followed by dancing and music.

Crowd enjoying the music

Crowd enjoying the music

People dancing to the rythm

People dancing to the rhythm

The Govinda pathaks

The Govinda pathaks

The glittering trophy and prize money was waiting for the participants.

Trophy awaits for the winner

Trophy awaits for the winner

It was a treat watching them. It was my first Dahi Handi in Mumbai and I really enjoyed it.

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I never knew it would be celebrated in such a huge level.

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