|Dahi Handi at RCF Chembur. Human pyramid to break the curd filled pot at height|
Gokulashtami/Janmashtami or Dahi handi as in popularly called in Maharashtra this year was on 18th Aug 2014, Monday.
Lot of people having a holiday on Friday 15th Aug & Monday 18th Aug were delighted with the loong weekend.
Gokulashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated the earlier day & night. At 12am, everywhere people celebrate the birth of the Kanha. There are all night jaagrans & hymn singing sessions in temples.
The next day, is Dahi handi. This is to depict the curd stealing by Lord Krishna or Nandan as he is called with so many names. Krishna could enthral & captivate people with his smile, guileless behaviour, endear himself to all, tease the gopika's who couldn't resist his charm, make mischief with his friends by stealing butter.
|Handi at Chembur naka. One of the highest prize money handi in Chembur|
|The govinda pathak's touring the city, at Mahim|
This festival is more popular in Maharashtra & Mumbai. Now it is getting more mileage due to participation & support from political parties.
The Govinda pathak practise for this day months in advance. The height of the Handi is increasing day by day & also the prize money.
|Some are friendly & having fun. Seeing me with camera, waved !|
How they think they can be Kanha's teasing the gopika's is beyond sane imagination?
The pyramid has many layers.Children are made to be at the top of the pyramid as they are light & nimble. When the pyramid crashes, lot of people get hurt.
The high court had passed a ruling, not to let people below 18 years be part of the pyramids. Days before the festival the Supreme court made changes by lowering the age limit to 12 years.
Hope the festival doesnt turn more ugly as its getting these days.
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Bye. Take care.