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Krishna Janmashtami 2023: What is Dahi Handi? All about its significance and how it's celebrated

By, Delhi
Sep 07, 2023 07:49 AM IST

From significance to its connection to Lord Krishna's childhood, here's all that you need to know about Dahi Handi.

It is that time of the year! Krishna Janmashtami is slated to be celebrated with a whole lot of pomp and grandeur all across the country. Lord Krishna's birth anniversary is celebrated on the auspicious day of Krishna Janmashtami. One of the popular cultural sports celebrated on Krishna Janmashtami is Dahi Handi. Dahi refers to curd, and Handi refers to an earthen pot filled with milk products. Also known as Gopalakala or Utlotsavam, Dah Handi is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Maharashtra. Dahi Handi is celebrated to commemorate the lifestyle of Lord Krishna. As we gear up to celebrate one of the largest festivals, here are a few things to know about Dahi Handi.

Krishna Janmashtami 2023: What is Dahi Handi? All about its significance and how it's celebrated(AFP)
Krishna Janmashtami 2023: What is Dahi Handi? All about its significance and how it's celebrated(AFP)

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Significance:

According to Hindu mythology, when Lord Krishna was young, he developed his love for dahi, butter and other milk products. His love for these food items became so strong that he started to steal these items from other houses in his neighborhood. He formed his own boy troop to help him to steal curd and butter from the houses. In order to save the butter and curd, the female troops of the neighbourhood used to hang them in earthen pots from the ceiling of their rooms. They did so to take advantage of Lord Krishna's short height. However, Lord Krishna found a way to steal them too – he came up with the idea of forming a human pyramid with his male troop.

How is Dahi Handi celebrated:

For Dahi Handi, an earthen pot filled with milk, curd, butter and many other milk products is placed several floors above the ground. The men form a human pyramid to reach the dahi handi. The women, representing the female troops of Lord Krishna's neighbourhood, throw water and other slippery liquids at the human pyramid to break it. The sport involves using a stick to break the dahi handi.

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