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Dahi Handi  Festival  is  Celebration  in  Janmastmi  Festival.After Janmastmi  to celebrate  a dahi Handi. Celebration of Janmashtami, birth of the famous Lord Krishna includes a number of ceremonies like, Raslila, Jhankis (tableaux) etc. Dahi Handi is a popular ceremony, celebrated with lot of enthusiasm and glee. Dahi Handi is an enactment of Lord Krishna's efforts to steal butter from Matka (earthen pot) suspended from the ceiling.

Dahi Handi Festival Celebration

Dahi Handi generally takes place on the second day of Janmashtami. An earthen pot containing a mixture of milk, dry fruits, ghee is hung around 20-30 feet high in the air with the help of a rope. Silver coins are hung along with the rope,which are later distributed as prize to the winners. Enthusiastic young men, form a human pyramid by standing one on top of the other, trying to break the pot. Onlookers throw water on the young men in order to prevent them from breaking the pot. Breaking of the pot is followed by prize distribution. Devotees believe that the broken pieces of earthen pot will keep away mice and negative powers from their homes.

Dahi Handi is celebrated with fervor, especially in the twin cities of Mathura - Vrindavan, Dwarka and Mumbai. Young men in Mumbai yell 'Ala re ala, Govinda ala' during the ceremony.

In some places, a series of pots are placed one on top of the other, held together by means of a rope. The contents of the pots are different in each like curd, butter milk, butter etc and held together and suspended by the means of a rope. Human pyramids are either formed to reach the pot or the contestants are given a stick to hit the pots when they are brought down by the means of a pully. It is a difficult task indeed as it is pulled up immediately when the contestants try to hit it.

The Significance Of Dahi Handi

Dahi Handi is called 'Uriadi' in Tamil Nadu which forms a major event in the celebrations associated with Gokulashtami.
Dahi Handi though portrays the playful and adoringly mischievous attitude of Krishna, it also carries a profound philosophy behind it. The pot is the ego or the sense of the body mind identification that dangles in the grasp of Samsara. The butter or Dahi which forms the content is embodied as the essence, or the being. The Lord breaks the pot or the ego to release the content from the binding Samsara. His eagerness to savour it reveals the bliss that one enjoys on realising the true essence or the true self.
It can also be taken as the Lord's instruction to break the body mind complex which is portrayed as the pot to attain true bliss on realizing the essence, the true self, portrayed as the contents of the pot.
However to break the illusion of the body mind complex is not an easy task as one will have to focus steadfastly on realising the essence or the ultimate with devotion. Distractions from around disturb one from attaining the truth, however one pointed focus and devotion to the Lord will ultimately lead one to the goal.
Lets us hence celebrate Dahi Handi grasping the philosophy behind it and seek the Lord's blessings to realise our true self.

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