Dahi Handi or Govinda Sports is an Indian festival, celebrated in August, it involves making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd tied at a height. This event has it’s origins in the legend of the child-god Krishna stealing butter.
Mostly popular in the states 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 event involves making a human pyramid by holding each other securely and climbing on shoulders and backs, the goal is to break an earthen pot filled with milk, curd, butter, fruits and water which is hung by string, thus imitating the actions of child Krishna. Sometimes the prize money is added to the pot as added incentive.
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