Maharashtra declares ” Dahi Handi an Adventure Sport” !
?????? We guess this makes Lord Krishna a “Divine DESI Adventurer ” 🙂 !?
Dahi Handi? is an Indian festival, celebrated every August, that involves making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd tied at a convenient height. This event is based on the legend of the child-god Krishna stealing butter. A participant in this festival is called a govinda or govinda pathak. It is mostly popular in the state of Maharashtra and Mumbai. It is part of the main festival Gokulashtami, which is known as Krishna Janmashtami in the rest of the country, and celebrates the birth of Krishna
The committee has been given a mandate to recommend the methods of organising Dahi Handi, measures to be taken while organisng the celebrations in the light of orders from the judiciary. It is also expected to suggest necessary rules for these celebrations and facilities to be provided for participants.?The state government has set up an 11-member committee to study and make recommendations for terming Dahi Handi as adventure sports and the norms for organizing this traditional celebration. The panel is expected to submit its report in three months.
Bombay high court following recommendations of the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had directed that children (below the age of 18 years) should be banned from participating in the human pyramids that are part of the cultural celebration due to the risk of injuries. However, the Supreme Court later lowered the age limit to 12 years and asked organisers to ensure that safety measures are in place.
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