Watching Dahi Handi celebration of Krishna Janmashtami is really very mesmerizing. Here are some of the things you should know about the way Mumbai – city that never sleeps – celebrate this festival.
Reason for the celebration
Krishna Janmashtami is a festival celebrated all over India in different ways. Janmashtami occurs either in the month of August or September depending on Hindu calendar, and is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna, considered Lord Vishnu’s incarnation. Devotees fast and pray at midnight, the time when the Lord was born. The festival has different name at different places such as Gokulashtami in Maharashtra. The next day of Krishna Janmashtami, Dahi Handi ceremony is carried out. It is considered that Krishna and his friends used to form human pyramids to break pots hung from the ceilings of neighborhood houses in order to steal curd and butter in Vrindavan, a village in Uttar Pradesh, due to which we name Krishna as makhanchor. Thus same tradition is being carried out from ages.
Temples to visit
All ISKCON temples throughout India are decorated and celebrate this eve with lots of joy and enthusiasm. In Mumbai, there are several temples which will give a surreal feeling of celebrating it such as ISKCON temple Juhu, Shri Krishna Pranami Mandir, Kalbadevi and Guruvayoor Shri Krishna temple, Navi Mumbai at midnight.
Places to visit for Dahi Handi
You will find it at every corner of Mumbai but the best view will be from Thane, It has highest gathering and tallest among all the dahi handi celebration. You will also find it in Ram Kadam Dahi Handi in Ghatkopar, Sankalp Pratishthan Dahi Handi in Worli
How is the Festival Celebrated?
On first day people keeps fast and opens it in midnight. The special baby cradle is kept in temples which has lord Krishna statue(known as laddu Gopal) and people swing baby krishna. The first day celebrations are most enjoyed in north India mainly in Uttar Pradesh, mature, where lord Krishna born. In Mumbai festival mainly comes into its full mood on the second day as Dahi Handi(A clay pot with curd, butter, and money). The well-decorated pot, handi, is strung up high in almost middle of a rope which is tied from buildings or crane. Group of people, known as Govindas for this occasion, form a pyramid and reach the pot to break it representing the mischievous act Lord Krishanna and his frined used to do.On this day small kids are seen dressed like Krishna, and they looks really cute.
Dahi Handi festival also has political significance in Mumbai, it helps political parties to connect with youngsters, who help them during campaigning and influence voters in their localities. Political parties provide goodies to make the most use of the opportunity – from T-shirts, refreshments to cash prizes and trucks to transport.