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Dahi Handi celebrations in Thane – Govinda’s Sport, Fun and Adventure !


Dahi Handi (the word literally means: curd vessel) is a Indian festival that involves making a human pyramid and breaking an hung earthen pot (a matki or handi), filled with milk, curd (dahi), butter, fruits and water organised on Krishna Janmashtami every year (this time on 29th August, 2013), to celebrate the birth of the god Krishna all over in the state of Maharashtra, India. The term Govinda is used for people who participate in this activity. The sport is based on the legend of Krishna stealing makhan (butter) or dahi (curd) from handis. The price money towards breaking this high hung earthen pots can be as much as INR 25 crore (US $ 4.0 million). The participants form a human pyramid as high as 9-tier in one go quickly and are given three attempts to break the earthen pot.

In 2012, a team of Govindas called Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak made a Guinness World Record by forming a Human Pyramid of 9-tier at a Dahi Handi event organised in Thane.


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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