Dahi Handi – A Human Pyramid Game

India is full of festivals and celebrations. 31 August, one more celebration in India and that is Dahi Handi (Dahi – Curd, Handi – earthen pot. Which means Curd inside the earthen pot). This festival represents Lord Krishna who’s love for ‘makkhan’ and ‘dahi’ and all other dairy products drove him to steal them from the residents of Vrindavan village. His foster mother, Yashoda would have to tie him up in an attempt to stop him from stealing from their neighbors. But the little ‘makkhan chor’ had the power of God on his side. Vrindavan women started tying their fresh curd at heights that Lord Krishna would not be able to reach. However, Lord Krishna was naughty and He, along with his friends formed a human pyramid to take that curd.

Obviously, many people don’t know the importance. They just play the Dahi Handi because they love it. In every society, you will find a mix of boys and girls celebrating this. In my childhood days, there were 2 types of Dahi Handi. One was the human pyramid and only boys used to climb on each other and break that Handi. The Other Game was for girls. The Handi used to be at a lower level, and we girls get  blindfold. With the help of one big stick, we used to search that Handi and break it.

As I grew up, I saw this as a business. There were professionals of both boys and girls who used to make human pyramids up to 20 feet and more . Also price money of 1 lac to 10 lacs rupees. Don’t know how much these people get in hand by risking their life. Many lost their lives too. Because the height of the tower is almost 7 to 10 floors. Watching them doing this is no doubt a magnificent view. But at the same time, you will feel ugly..

Ugly?? Yes, someone will touch you and go. In such crowded places girls always forbid themselves for such indecent incidents. Not only that, It’s not a holiday, hence I used to leave late from office to avoid traffic, rush and indecent behaviour from so-called highly educated people. Festivals, In India always end up with many such negative news. and all we do is nothing. We just wait for our law to take some actions. Anyways, Such businesses got banned. But still there are few who continue doing this.

On this auspicious day, many families cook maximum food whatever they can and offer it to Lord Krishna. Since Lord Krishna was born at midnight, all the Krishna temples in India get beautifully decorated and are open all night. Devotees play Holi too. Want to know more about Janmashtami? Click here. Jai Shree Krishna.

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Janmashtami – The Festival Of Lord Krishna

Janmashtami is the joyful celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth. Major celebration of Krishna Janmashtami takes place at midnight. As said that Krishna made his divine appearance in that hour. Fasting, bhajans, pujas and many other rituals mark Janmashtami Celebrations in India.

Sri Krishna is considereed to be one of the most endeared human incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Born more than 5000 years ago in mathura city, the reversed God of Hindu religion and his teachings hold immense relevance till date.

Janmashtami celebrates on the eigth day (Ashtami) in the month of sravana or savana. Lord Sri Krishna was born on the “rohini” nakshatram (star). It is generally celebreated in the month of august-september according to the christian Calender. Legend has it that Sri Krishna was born on a dark, stromy and windy night to end the rule and atrocities of his maternal uncle, Kansa.

Janmashtami is celebrated for over two days as “rohini” nakshatra and Ashtami may not fall on the same day. The First day is known as Krishnashtami, as the birth of Bhagwan Krishan falls on the eigth day after Raksha Bandhan, which generally falls in the month of august. The second day is known as Kalashtami.

Its is the  midnight between  the first and the second day that birth krishna took place. The actual festivities begins in this 48 hour period. The celebration reaches with lots of hymns, arti taking place and blowing of the Conch (Shankh), rocking the cradle of Lord. The idol of lord is bathed with panchamrit (A mixture of milk, ghee, oil, honey and Gangajal). The Panchamrit is later distributed as prasad to the devotees along with other sweets. while some do fasting on the first day and break it at midnight. For others the fasting continues for both days. The period coincides with rainy season.

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