Dahi Handi Celebration
The actual meaning of Dahi Handi is an earthen pot which is filled up with butter or curd. Dahi Handi is well known as Gopal Kala which is celebrated on the next day of Krishna Janmashtami. The name Gopal Kala came out from a specific dish which is made up of sweet jaggery, beaten rice and creamy yogurt. On the holy day of Dahi Handi, the earthen pots i.e. dahi handi filled with butter or curd is offered to Lord Krishna as it was his most favorite dish.
The major states where the festival is observed with much gusto and is celebrated as a grand event are Gujarat and Maharashtra. But in present time, the festival has become a major ceremony and is celebrated across India. With much vigor and enthusiasm, the youngsters participate in Dahi Handi celebration. The festival is observed by Hindus in various parts of the world.
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When is Dahi Handi festival?
The festival of Dahi Handi is celebrated next to the day of Lord Krishna’s birth. As per the Hindu belief, Lord Krishna and his friends used to make human pyramids for stealing butter or curd which were hung in the earthen pots in Vrindavan.
Why do we celebrate Dahi Handi?
Dahi Handi festival commemorates Lord Krishna’s happy and cheerful way of living. Lord Krishna in his childhood was quite notorious and extremely fond of having butter, and curd. With the passage of time, the fondness and craze for butter and curd kept on increasing and so Lord Krishna started stealing it in a fun and notorious way.
When Lord Krishna and his troop started eyeing upon the neighbourhood homes in order to get curd and milk, the female folks, being cautious, try to save the pots and started hanging the pots full of butter and curd at a height. The key idea behind was to take benefit of the short height of Young Lord Krishna and his troop and to save the handis from them by keeping it out of reach.
In order to counter the idea of female folks, Lord Krishna framed the plan of forming human pyramid for climbing up and reaching the earthen pots. Since that period, Dahi Handi had become a fun and vibrant festival among Indian folklore. Till today in almost all parts of India, the breaking of earthen pot is considered auspicious and the festivity of Dahi Handi is celebrated with much devotion and fervor.
How do we celebrate Dahi Handi?
The ritual of dahi handi marks the breaking of the earthen pot, which has been tied at a height, by a team of several youngsters and is considered as a sport event. Over the long history the festival has been recognised as one of the most interesting and widely known native sports of the country. During the holy festival of Dahi Handi, a large earthenware pot is filled up with fruits, honey, butter, curd, and milk. Then, the said pot is suspended from a height of approximately twenty to forty feets. Young men and boys usually form human pyramids by standing with the support of each other’s shoulder for enabling the last individual to reach at the top and break the earthen pot.
There are several prize money and various other prizes which are being sponsored by various parties. This prize money is offered to the winning teams. The team which breaks the Handi in the least time are the winners and are granted huge prize money. Therefore, this is also one of the reasons why people, especially youngsters have such immense craze for it.
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