Dahi Handi 2023 : According to the Hindu calendar, Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the Ashtami date of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month (Bhado). It has been told in Hindu scriptures that Lord Krishna was born on Ashtami Tithi in Bhado month, Krishna Paksha and Rohini Nakshatra. On the day of Janmashtami, people observe a fast. They also worship the child form of Lord Krishna in the evening. This is called Dahi Handi. Since this time the festival of Janmashtami will be celebrated on both 18th and 19th August. In such a situation, the festival of Dahi Handi has been kept on Saturday, August 20. People who go to this festival usually behave the same way as people who have gone to other festivals in the past.
Dahi Handi 2023
Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) is one of the famous Hindu festivals celebrated specifically in the state of Maharashtra and Goa. The festival is usually observed in the month of August and September. However, Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) in 2021 will be celebrated . It is in the state of Maharashtra and Goa that the festival is known as Dahi Handi (दही हांडी) or Govinda. On this day a Handi (clay pot), filled with butter milk or curd, is positioned at a convenient height prior to the event above the ground and a group of men make a human pyramid to break the Handi with the help of a blunt object or coconut. The spilled butter milk or curd over the group symbolizes their achievement and unity.
This group of young and enthusiast men call themselves Govinda. Now days it a sort of competition where various teams participate in this process and teams that wins gets a lot of prizes.
History and significance
Dahi Handi, also known as ‘Gopal kala’ is the popular ceremony celebrated on the second day during Krishna Janmashtami. The name Gopal Kala comes from a dish made of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day. Dahi Handi is mostly celebrated in Northern Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. But now Dahi Handi has become a major ceremony in all most all states in India.
Janmashtami is also referred to as Dahi Handi in Mumbai and Pune. Dahi Handi is actually one of the rituals for which individuals especially the youngsters look forward to the festival of Janmashtami. It is said to be a perfect blend of spirituality and sports and is observed by the Hindus with great zeal and enthusiasms.
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In Hindi ‘Dahi’ means curd and ‘Handi’ means pot. The tem Dahi Handi means a clay pot filled with curd or buttermilk has to be broken during the ceremony as a part of ritual. The pot may also be filled with milk, butter, butter milk, fruit juices or some other sweet recipes. The pot is positioned at a convenient height usually of more than 20 feet prior to the event.
Why Dahi Handi Celebrated?
Religious texts state that Lord Krishna took on human form during the Dwapar Yuga. One of Lord Krishna’s childhood pastimes was playing with a ball of milk. The tradition of celebrating Dahi Handi has started in Dwapar Yuga. Since then this tradition has been going on. Janmashtami Celebrations To mark the auspicious occasion, people worship Lord Krishna and prepare sweets and savouries.
When is Dahi Handi?
According to Drik Panchang, this year, Dahi Handi falls on Friday, August 19, 2023. The Ashtami Tithi will begin at 09:20 pm on August 18, 2023, and end at 10:59 pm on August 19, 2023. The auspicious occasion is marked by praying to Lord Krishna, visiting temples to seek his blessings, wearing new clothes, observing fasts, decorating homes and places of worship, making sweet dishes made of milk products, and more.
Dahi Handi Importance
Bal Gopal used to enjoy stealing butter and curd from the house of the gopis with his friends. This event is to show the children’s pastime of Shri Krishna and to refresh his memory. The gopis were fed up with this mischievous attitude of Bal Gopal and used to hang curd and ghee at a height with a rope, but not one of the gopis could move in front of Balagopal’s cunning. Laddu Gopal used to make pyramids with his friend and eat butter and curd. It is a religious belief that celebrating Dahi Handi brings happiness and prosperity in the house.
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