Dahi Handi festival to celebrate God Krishna's Birth in Amravati, Maharashtra

Dahi Handi festival to celebrate God Krishna’s Birth in Amravati, Maharashtra

Krishna Janmasthami or Gokulashtami, the festival that celebrates the birth of the god Krishna, is an occasion celebrated across India with pomp and splendor. People fast and single and pray in reverence of Krishna, who is said to have been born in the midnight. Lasting two days, Krishna Janmashtami is taking place on August 14 and 15 this year. And while the first day is marked by solemn celebrations, the second day is when festivities hit the roof, so to speak. The second day of Janmashtami is marked by the Dahi Handi competition to celebrate Krishna’s obsession with stealing butter milk as a child. You can find Dahi Handi competitions taking place all over Maharashtra, but today we look at the best places to catch these spectacles in the two big cities: Mumbai and Pune. ALSO READ: Janmashtami Celebrations in Mathura: How it is celebrated and where to stay in Mathura Also Read - Compassion in Times of Corona: Pune Auto Driver Uses Money Saved For His Wedding to Feed Migrants

Sankalp Pratishthan Dahi Handi in Worli

In Mumbai, the Sankalp Pratishthan Dahi Handi is considered one of the tallest Dahi Handi competitions. The pot of butter and curd is hung high in Worli at the Jamboree Maidan, and you can often find tinsel town celebrities in attendance, even performing there. Also Read - Maharashtra to Extend Lockdown in Mumbai, Pune by 2 More Weeks: Reports

Hutatma Babu Genu Dahi Handi in Pune

One of the most popular Dahi Handi competitions in Pune city, the Babu Genu Dahi Handi is organized by the Hutatma Babu Genu Mandal, and it takes place at the Chowk of the same name in Shukrawar Peth. This year, the Mandal plans to double the height of the Dahi Handi as well, promising more excitement, after the Bombay High Court removed an unpopular height restriction. Also Read - Wedding in Times of Corona: Pune Cops Step in as Bride's Parents to Get Couple Married Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Dahi Handi festival to celebrate Krishna's Birth in Mumbai

Dahi Handi festival to celebrate Krishna’s Birth in Mumbai

Ram Kadam Dahi Handi in Ghatkopar

The Ghatkopar suburb in Mumbai is another hotspot where Dahi Handi celebrations happen between communities. Chief among them is the Ram Kadam Dahi Handi, which brings in teams from all over Mumbai. This is considered one of the most prestigious competitions in the area, and the battle can often get fierce. ALSO READ: Janmashtami 2017 in Maharashtra: What to Expect For Gokulashtami This Year

Suvarnayug Tarun Mandal Dahi Handi in Pune

Back in Pune, in the commercial locality of Budhwar Peth, the Suvarnayug Tarun Mandal Dahi Handi is one of the oldest competitions in the city. As such, there is a lot of esteem associated with this competition, which brings in the best of the best of the Dahi Handi teams.

Om Charitable Trust & MNS Kothrud’s Women Only Dahi Handi

In Kothrud, Pune, the Jeet Ground plays host to the women’s-only Dahi Handi competition. Dahi Handi has been dominated by men for all these years, but this competition is a more inclusive effort that involves women and serves a more noble cause: funding women’s education. If you are looking for more entries from the Maximum City, check out the best Dahi Handi competitions in Mumbai.