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Maharashtra bans gatherings, human pyramids for Dahi Handi festival tomorrow

Maharashtra directed the organisers of Dahi Handi festival to hold symbolic events and broadcast them on TV and on online platform to avoid crowding and control the spread of Covid-19.
A woman buys an earthen pot to celebrate Dahi Handi ahead of the Gokulashtami festival from a shop at Jambhali Naka Market, in Thane, Mumbai, on Saturday. (HT photo)
A woman buys an earthen pot to celebrate Dahi Handi ahead of the Gokulashtami festival from a shop at Jambhali Naka Market, in Thane, Mumbai, on Saturday. (HT photo)
Published on Aug 30, 2021 08:54 PM IST
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Will Dahi Handi be allowed? CM Uddhav Thackeray to take a decision today

Dahi Handi coordination committees have said they would form small pyramids and allow a limited number of participants, who are fully vaccinated.
Dahi Handi mandals have also met state minister Aaditya Thackeray over the issue.(PTI File Photo)
Dahi Handi mandals have also met state minister Aaditya Thackeray over the issue.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Aug 23, 2021 09:34 AM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Janmashtami 2020: White butter, Kheer, Rabri and other lip-smacking treats to prepare this Janmashtami

Janmashtami 2020: Celebrate this day with utmost religious fervour and some mouth-watering delicacies that you can prepare at home with ease.
Here are some of the signature treats that are prepared, keeping in mind Lord Krishna’s love for milk, and milk products.(Pixabay)
Here are some of the signature treats that are prepared, keeping in mind Lord Krishna’s love for milk, and milk products.(Pixabay)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 11:15 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com

Politicians scale down festivities they organise

The Ganesh festival on August 22, will be a low-key affair this year, as the height of the idol is restricted. The ruling party Shiv Sena has said that it will abide by the government’s directive to scale down the festivities.
During Dahi Handi, politicians sponsor t-shirts, refreshments, cash prizes and even arrange for trucks to transport revellers.(HT Photo)
During Dahi Handi, politicians sponsor t-shirts, refreshments, cash prizes and even arrange for trucks to transport revellers.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2020 11:33 PM IST
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Kareena Kapoor’s son Taimur celebrates Janmashtami at school, breaks dahi handi with cousin Inaaya. Watch video

Taimur Ali Khan joined cousin Inaaya Naumi for Janmashtami celebrations. They had a fun time with the ritual of dahi handi at their school. Check out pics and video.
Taimur Ali Khan celebrated Janmashtami at his play school.
Taimur Ali Khan celebrated Janmashtami at his play school.
Published on Aug 25, 2019 12:22 PM IST
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More than 1,000 flout traffic norms in Maharashtra’s Thane

Anticipating heavy traffic, the traffic police department had increased patrolling in the area.
Traffic police registered more than 1,000 cases of traffic violations in Thane.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Traffic police registered more than 1,000 cases of traffic violations in Thane.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2019 10:22 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByHT Correspondents

Janmashtami 2019: Here’s why Dahi handi is celebrated across India

Krishna Janmashtami 2019: One way of celebrating the deity’s birth is Dahi Handi, widely celebrated in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
(Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 24, 2019 08:09 AM IST
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Trekkers to teach Dahi Handi teams how to use harnesses

With an eye on safety this Janmashtami, over 35 organisers have roped in various trekking groups which help the climbers use harnesses during the festival.
With an eye on safety this Janmashtami, over 35 organisers have roped in various trekking groups which help the climbers use harnesses during the festival.(Shutterstock)
With an eye on safety this Janmashtami, over 35 organisers have roped in various trekking groups which help the climbers use harnesses during the festival.(Shutterstock)
Updated on Aug 23, 2019 04:59 PM IST
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Ahead of Dahi Handi: 35 groups to learn use of harnesses from trekkers

With no restriction on the height of a pyramid this year, over 35 Dahi Handi organisers have roped in various trekking groups which help the climbers use harnesses during the Janmashtami.
Two mountaineering ropes, each with a capacity to handle weight up to 1800 kg – will be tied parallel to the rope that holds the Dahi Handi, and a carabiner will be attached to it.(HT PHOTO)
Two mountaineering ropes, each with a capacity to handle weight up to 1800 kg – will be tied parallel to the rope that holds the Dahi Handi, and a carabiner will be attached to it.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 22, 2019 12:27 PM IST
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Dahi Handi: ‘Permit only those mandals that have insurance’

Until Tuesday, 570 Govinda mandals had got themselves insured with The Oriental Insurance Company.
The DHSS had last year approved the plan to provide a life cover of Rs10 lakh for each Govinda.(HT image)
The DHSS had last year approved the plan to provide a life cover of Rs10 lakh for each Govinda.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 04:26 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByYesha Kotak

Dahi handi mandals opt out of grand festivities, to donate for flood relief

Although he did not disclose the amount he plans to donate, he urged other organisers too to cancel their events.
Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti (DHSS), the umbrella body of Govinda pathaks, is approaching other organisers to continue with the celebrations.(HT image)
Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti (DHSS), the umbrella body of Govinda pathaks, is approaching other organisers to continue with the celebrations.(HT image)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 05:40 AM IST
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MUMBAI | ByYesha Kotak

Protests against Sunburn festival continues in Pune

Pune city Dahi Handi and Ganesh festival coordination committee demanded that,district administration should not give permission to the Sunburn festival
Sunburn festival is taking place in the Oxford golf resort,between December 29 to 31.(HT/PHOTO)
Sunburn festival is taking place in the Oxford golf resort,between December 29 to 31.(HT/PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 08, 2018 03:28 PM IST
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Two die during dahi handi celebrations in Maharashtra

One youth died in a dahi handi-related incident in central Mumbai’s Sion, while another drowned in Bhayander in Thane. A youth has been reported missing in the Arabian Sea at Versova Beach in Andheri, while four were rescued.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation disaster control cell said at least 87 youth sustained injuries while forming human pyramids at various venues.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation disaster control cell said at least 87 youth sustained injuries while forming human pyramids at various venues.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2018 11:30 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByIndo-Asian News Service

Janmashtami 2018: Shah Rukh Khan, son AbRam celebrate dahi handi, Shilpa Shetty’s son debuts too

Janmashtami 2018: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Abram was spotted playing dahi handi at his residence Mannat along with his father Shah Rukh Khan.
Janmashtami 2018: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Abram and Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan played dahi handi at their residence.
Janmashtami 2018: Shah Rukh Khan’s son Abram and Shilpa Shetty’s son Viaan played dahi handi at their residence.
Updated on Sep 03, 2018 07:09 PM IST
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Janmashtami 2018: The significance and history behind dahi handi

One form of celebrating Krishna’s birth is the deity’s birth is dahi handi which is mostly celebrated in Gujarat and Maharashtra.
A dahi handi celebration at Navi Mumbai.(HT File)
A dahi handi celebration at Navi Mumbai.(HT File)
Updated on Sep 02, 2018 09:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | ByKabir Bhandari

Homemakers in Mumbai’s Goregaon ace the Janmashtami pyramid climb

“Many women are being encouraged by their in-laws, which is why we have seen more housewives join our group lately,” said Aarti Bari, treasurer of Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti.
Women practising Dahi Handi at AB Goregoankar School at Goregaon in Mumbai on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Women practising Dahi Handi at AB Goregoankar School at Goregaon in Mumbai on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 01, 2018 09:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByYesha Kotak, Mumbai

29-year-old woman tests positive for H1N1 virus in Thane, first this year

A 29-year-old woman became the first victim of H1N1 in Thane this year, after she tested positive for the virus on Thursday. Last year, 16 people died owing to H1N1 in Thane.
Swine flu suspect patients outside swine flu screening centre Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza Virus) ward at RML Hospital in New Delhi in February 2015. A 29-year-old woman became the first victim of H1N1 in Thane this year, after she tested positive for the virus on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Swine flu suspect patients outside swine flu screening centre Swine Flu (H1N1 Influenza Virus) ward at RML Hospital in New Delhi in February 2015. A 29-year-old woman became the first victim of H1N1 in Thane this year, after she tested positive for the virus on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 01, 2018 09:41 AM IST
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Insurance boost for Mumbai’s Govindas: Life cover raised to 10 lakh, up to 5L for injuries

The Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti has approved a plan following Bombay high court’s directions last year.
Last year, the court removed height restrictions on human pyramids and allowed participants as young as 14 years to take part.(HT File Photo)
Last year, the court removed height restrictions on human pyramids and allowed participants as young as 14 years to take part.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 01, 2018 01:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByYesha Kotak, Mumbai
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