To avoid a repetition of the subdued celebration of Dahi Handi last year, the coordination committee representing various mandals has clarified that there would not be any restriction of height of the pyramid this year. The confusion after the high court restrictions had reportedly dampened revelers’ spirits last year. Dahi Handi event, which is popular in Maharashtra is based on the legend of the child-god Krishna stealing butter from the house and is celebrated a day after Janmashtami.
The Bhartiya Janata Party’s Mumbai unit chief Ashish Shelar, who heads a state-appointed monitoring committee, assured the mandals that the government will ensure that the traditional flair of the festival is not lost in restrictions.
The state government has already filed a petition in the Bombay high court, citing the Supreme Court ruling of quashing the 18-foot restriction on the height of the human pyramid.
“We have assured the mandals that the festival will be celebrated as per the Supreme Court ruling without any restriction on the height,” said Shelar.
“However, we have also appealed to them to follow all the safety norms,” he added.
Shelar also said that his party has announced insurance cover to 1 lakh govindas.
Besides height restrictions, the HC had banned children below 12 years from participating in forming of pyramids. The top court had later lifted the ban on the height.