Shravan brings in freshness, celebration and various festivals. Dahi Handi is one such festival we all eagerly wait for and is welcomed with full enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated on the second day of Gokulashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna – the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In 2017, Dahi Handi will be celebrated on August 15. The trend of celebration goes back to the time when Lord Krishna as a child with the help of his friends used to break pots of butter that were hung from the ceiling by his mother and other women in Gokul. Thus, even today enthusiastic youths relive the mischief and pranks played by Lord Krishna by forming human pyramids to reach a pot that is located at a considerable height. With Dahi Handi round the corner, let’s take a look at the popular Mumbai Dahi Handis of yesteryear.
Sangharsh Pratishthan Dahi Handi, Thane
This Dahi Handi is considered as one of the richest Dahi Handi mandals in Mumbai. The prize money goes up to lakh of rupees and few grams of gold is an added incentive. The groovy music adds to the enthusiasm. In 2013, Rs 1.11 crore was offered as the prize money while in 2014 Rs 51 lakh was offered – Rs 25 lakh to the winner and Rs 26 lakh to other teams. Awhad even invited foreigners to participate in the event. Following the age and height restrictions, Jitendra Awhad opted out of Dahi Handi events in 2015. While in 2017, Awhad is back with his grand scale celebration however with fewer cash prizes due to demonetisation and economic slowdown.
Venue: Sangarsh, Open House Panchpakahadi, Thane
Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan Dahi Handi, Thane
Organised by Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik, Sanskruti Yuva Pratishthan Dahi Handi has over the years built an impressive reputation. In 2012, Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak Pandal entered Guinness World Record by forming 43.79 foot and 9 layers human pyramid. The group won Rs 11 lakh as a cash prize. After Bombay High Court’s decision to refuse to impose on height and age restrictions, Sarnaik called it a victory of Hindu culture. In a recent interview, he was quoted saying, “We will celebrate the festival in a traditional manner, but with all the fanfare.”
Venue: Vartak Nagar, Thane
Shramik Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal, Kharghar
The event organised by Shramik Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal is one of the popular Dahi Handi events in Mumbai. It is also the difficult one to break. Many a time, many pandals return empty handed without breaking the Handi.
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Sankalp Pratishthan Dahi Handi, Worli
Nationalist Congress Party Sachin Ahir established the Shree Sankalp Pratishtan Charitable Trust organises Worli Festival and Dahi Handi events. The Dahi Handi is said to be the tallest in South Mumbai. The popularity increases because of the presence and performance of Bollywood celebrities.
Venue: Jambori Maidan, BDD Chawls, Worli
Ram Kadam Dahi Handi, Ghatkopar
Named after BJP MLA Ram Kadam, the Dahi Handi event sees Govinda pathaks from all over Mumbai. The event sees a large number of celebrities in attendance. In the past, the event has been attended by Shah Rukh Khan, Asha Parekh, Ameesha Patel and Yukta Mookey. After Bombay High Court’s refusal to impose height and age restrictions on Dahi Handi recently, Ram Kadam was quoted saying, “We will hold the tallest Dahi Handi in India.”
Venue: Sanitarium Lane, Ghatkopar