dahi-handi-Janmashtmi or Gokulashmti is of the most celebrated festivals of Maharashtra. While celebration this year were subdued due to swine flu, we bring to you the history of this day which marks the birth of Lord Krishna – the 8th avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna Janmaashtami, also known as “Janmaashtami” is celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar or incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The pious begin the festival by fasting on the previous day. This is followed by a night-long vigil commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna at night, and his immediate removal by his father to a foster-home for safe-keeping. At midnight, the deity of the infant Krishna is bathed, placed in a cradle and worshipped. In the early morning, ladies draw patterns of little children’s feet outside the house with rice-flour paste, walking towards the house. The most celebrated aspect of the festival is during the fore-noon hours of the “Dahi-Handi” custom. Clay pots called “Dahi-Handi”, filled with curd and butter, are suspended high above the ground. To a constant chorus of “Govinda, Govinda” from all those present, teams of young men form human pyramids to reach the pot and break it, to the merriment of the youths and of the assembly. The festival saw similar celebrations in the city. One of the star attractions of the festival was the Dahi Handi Mahotsav held by BJP Thane District Chief Suresh Haware. With a cash prize of Rs 25 lakhs, the Dahi Handi celebrations was filled with joy, enthusiasm and vigor. Present during the celebrations was Suresh Haware along with his family members, organizer Dutta Kate and several Marathi actors and actresses. On the other hand, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik accompanied by Mayor Sagar Naik too graced several spots in the city that held Dahi Handi celebrations. Thane MP Sanjeev Naik too was seen at many Dahi Handi celebrations held in the city. Also joining the celebrations was Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik who visited his constituency to be a part of the Dahi Handi festivities. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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