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The Janmasthmi festival commemorates the birth of Lord Krishna. The festival is observed in span of two days with lots of glee and gusto. According to Mythology on the eighth day (Astami) in the month of

 Sravana ,  Lord Krishna was born in the “Rohini” nakshatram (star) to Vasudeva and Devki. It is said that it was very dark , stormy windy night when Vasudeva took little Kanha to Gokul where he can live safely with Nanda

and his wife Yashoda. And when time came  Lord Krishna returned to Mathura to kill his evil Uncle Kansa.

Although Janmashtmi festival of Mathura – Vrindavan is famous worldwide but today Lets take you to the tour of Mumbai where Dahi Handi is being celebrated with lots of gusto and glee. 

Why is Dahi Handi Celebrated

Dahi handi Festival Mumbai

Dahi handi Festival Mumbai

Dahi-Handi is celebrated to signify little Kanha”s mischief and love for “makhan” (butter). It is said that Kanha love eating butter so much that his mother have to hang the  matki (pot) containing butter  from celing so that litlle Kanha cannot reach the pot. Who and what can stop God from relishing his favorite delicacies. To hi mother”s surprise he formed human pyramid with his friends and broke open the matki! And from that day onwards it is widely celebrated as “DAHI-HANDI”.

It is widely celebrated in Mumbai and Pune district of Maharashtra.

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A Matki held high.

Matki held high during Dahi Handi festival.

Dahi-Handi tradition was started by Konkan Marathi group of people in 18th century.Usually Dahi-Handi takes place second day of Janmasthmi.

An earthen pot ” Matki ” containing butter , curd , money and a coconut on top

are held at heights from posts. A Bunch of lads try to form human pyramids by climbing past each other and try to break open the matki.

Onlookers throw water on the young men in order to prevent them from doing so.

In this fashion different groups compete with each other and which ever group breaks the matki first , wins prize and trophy .

The participants of Dahi – handi are called Govindas or Govinda pathakThey practice in groups , weeks before the actual event.

These groups are called mandals and they go around the local areas, attempting to break as many pots as possible during the event.

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Dahi Handi at Worli Naka.

Where in Mumbai Dahi-Handi is Celebrated 

Mumbai is said to be the best city to experience Dahi Handi event. Fun , Frolic and fervor is amazingly high and worth giving you Dahi handiadrenalin rush .

  • There are about 671 mandals in Mumbai itself.
  • At every square and locality , society set up handis. This time there are almost 3600 dahi-handi set ups.
  • Some of the famous handis are at Dadar, Lower Parel, Worli, Mazgaon, Lalbaug and Thane.
  • One of the biggest Dahi Handi competitions (Sankalp Pratishthan Dahi Handi), which is centrally located, takes place at the Jamboree Maidan on G M Bhosle Marg in Worli. Bollywood celebrities often make appearances and perform there. 
  • In 2012, a mandal called Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak from Jogeshwari, Mumbai, made an entry into the Guinness World Record by forming a human pyramid of 9-tiers 43.79 feet (13.35 m) at the Dahi Handi event held in Thane.
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Sankalp Dahi Handi, Jamboree Maidan

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Govinda on truck for Dahi Handi event.

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Govinda trying to form Pyramid.

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A little “Govinda” Flaunting his trophy after accomplishing the “Mission Dahi-Handi” 🙂

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Another pyramid formation.

You must see Mumbai”s Dahi-Handi celebrations to feel all the energy that is contained in this city. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in the city with electrifying atmosphere and contagious joy. It is a part religious festival and part city-wide grand party.

Wishing you Happy “Dahi-Handi”. Bonjour!

Geetika

Geetika

Although Engineer by profession but I am an Avid Traveler , Voracious Reader , Aspiring photographer and Rookie Writer by heart.
As said by Albert Einstein “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” , I am curious and equally enthusiastic to see the world , to capture it in my camera and to give a glimpse of it through my writing.

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