Ceremony of Dahi Handi


In some parts of India, Janmashtami is enjoyed with the ceremony of dahi handi.Dahi handi is the Hindi term. Actually, it refers to the earthen pot of milk, curd or butter (makhan). In fact, one of the most popular activities of the Krishnashtami is breaking of the pot 'dahi handi'. So, let us find out about Janmashtami celebrations and the pot breaking ceremony.

  • Generally, the ceremony of dahi handi is enjoyed on the second day of Janmashtami. It is indeed breaking a pot full of milk and milk products.
  • The first day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Krishna and the second day replicates the love of Krishna for milk, curd and butter.
  • Legends have it that Krishna was very fond of milk and milk products and hence, used to steal it from the pot of village girl and women. In order to save the pot, women hung the pot high up with the help of a rope.

  • Lord Krishna did not even spare these hung pots. He, along with his friends made human pyramid and baby Krishna climbed up the human ladder and broke the pot to eat butter or curd.
  • Till today, this breaking of butter or curd pot is considered auspicious and the ceremony of dahi handi is followed religiously.
  • Maharashtra and cities like Pune and Mumbai are well known for the exact performance of traditional dahi handi ceremony.
  • During this day, large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey fruits etc. and is suspended from a height of say about twenty to forty feet. Young men and boys form a pyramid by standing on each other's shoulder to enable the last person on top to break the pot and claim their prize.
  • The funny part of this ceremony is that while forming the human pyramid, it dismantles many time. But no one gives up hope and keeps trying! 
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