|The Dahi Handi celebrationwww.123rf.com|
|The Dahi Handi celebration,Mumbai www.dnaindia.com|
|Govindas forming a human pyramid to reach the Dahi Handi (earthen pot) en.wikipedia.org|
|Sri Krishna quotes. www.india.com|
The Dahi Handi is simply a depiction of Krishna's childhood pranks.The participant in the human pyramid is called by various names, Govinda, Pathak or Krishna.
The human pyramid consists of many tiers / layers normally nine from the bottom to the top. Players in the bottom most tier are strong and sturdy and form the wide base with many players. In the succeeding tiers, the number of participants will get reduced gradually and light weight people will form the higher layers. Finally a participant - a child will get to the top by standing on the top tier and break the earthen pot and spill the content - mostly butter milk that will fall on the players.While the participants climb, spectators around them may throw water to distract their attention.
|death vault and Dahi Handi!! twitter.com|
The Supreme court of India in a ruling on the 17th of August, 2016 banned those under 18 years of age and reduced the height of the human pyramid to 20 feet. The Child right commission in February, 2014 framed guide lines because of frequent fatal accidents. Young children are allowed to go to the top of the pyramid without any safety device to arrest the fall. In 2012 more than 200 Govindas were injured with one casualty. Frequently, Govindas sponsored by big organizers form human pyramids as tall as nine story building to break the pot tied with a rope. The main concern is participants take risk going to the top without safety harnesses.
|The Dahi-Handi ceremony is annually held on Janmasthami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. www.thehindu.com|
This recent court ruling will not affect the Dahi Handi Mandal that conduct small celebration, but will affect the commercialized mandals sponsored by political leaders or parties because their celebrations and prize money are big and the players tend to form a tall human pyramid that are prone to fatal accident.