Press Esc to close
Tuesday 21 October 2014
News updated at 9:57 PM IST
Weather
Max: 25.4°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Gaiety, lucre drive Govindas to reach for dahi handis

Mumbai, Aug 29, 2013 (PTI)
Girls form a human pyramid to break the 'Dahi-Handi' during Janmashtami celebrations in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI Photo

The festival of 'dahi handi' was being celebrated across the metropolis and neighbouring Thane district amid fervour that underscores indomitable spirit of an average Mumbaikar shrugging off the drudgery associated with daily life.

Numerous teams of 'Govindas' or revellers could be seen on city streets struggling to form a human pyramid to reach the earthen pot filled with curd, dangling from certain height and to break it.

The festival is celebrated to mark birth of Lord Krishna.


With revelry in air and foot-tapping music driving the adrenaline rush, Bollywood celebrities too have let their hair down at the festival.

Actor Shahrukh Khan was seen shaking his leg at the 'dahi handi' festival organised by MNS MLA Ram Kadam in Ghatkopar.

A cash reward of Rs 50 lakh has been announced for Govinda mandal which manages to break the pot by forming a nine-layer pyramid.

Similarly, 'dahi handi's with lucrative cash prizes are being organised in Thane, prominent being the one organised by 'Sangharsh Mandal' of NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad.

Minister of State for Housing Sachin Ahir has organised the event in suburban Worli.
Not much behind to its opponent to score political mileage, BJP has distributed masks and T-shirts bearing the image of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, to 30,000 Govinda teams, apparently to project him as the party's prime ministerial candidate.

Women Govindas too are not lagging behind their male counterparts in forming human pyramids as they are seen enduring the challenge with gaiety.

Taking into account the mishaps associated with the festival, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has already announced that it will provide financial assistance to Govindas in case of accident.

The disaster control cell of the BMC said that as many as 99 Govindas were injured in various parts of the city and are treated at hospitals.

Police have beefed up security to prevent any untoward incident.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A major fire that broke out in the crackers market in Faridabad...

A major fire that broke out in the crackers market in Faridabad...

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Kali...

On the eve of Diwali Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand sculpture of Kali...

Indian passengers rest on a crowded platform ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights...

Indian passengers rest on a crowded platform ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights...

Indian soccer player Peter Biaksangzuala, center, performs flips as he celebrates a goal...

Indian soccer player Peter Biaksangzuala, center, performs flips as he celebrates a goal...

Woman buying earthen lamps at a market ahead of the Diwali festival...

Woman buying earthen lamps at a market ahead of the Diwali festival...

School children paint their faces during Diwali celebrations...

School children paint their faces during Diwali celebrations...

A huge rangoli in front of Swaminarayan Temple...

A huge rangoli in front of Swaminarayan Temple...

Volunteers of Azad Hind taking out a procession to mark the Azad Hind Foundation Day...

Volunteers of Azad Hind taking out a procession to mark the Azad Hind Foundation Day...

Family members paying tribute to police martyrs during Police Commemoration Day...

Family members paying tribute to police martyrs during Police Commemoration Day...

TRS activists set affire chairs at the TDP office in Nalgonda...

TRS activists set affire chairs at the TDP office in Nalgonda...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523