Govinda or Dahi Handi was started somewhere in the 18th century in Girgaum in Mumbai but now it is a sport organized on Krishna Janmashtami to celebrate the birth of Krishna.
Govinda players known as Govindas or BalGopals gather together under Dahi Handi to making a human pyramid to catch and then break a matki or handi hunging high in the air with the help of a rope and now a day with the help of high cranes. The sport is based on the legends about Krishna stealing makhan or dahi from handis.
Originally the sport was a religious ceremony to celebrate the birth of the Hindu god Krishna. A community called Pathare Prabhu staying in the village called Girgaum in south Mumbai used to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna by performing Govinda.
Now a days there are huge number of places in Mumbai and its districts where Dahi Handi competiton is orgainsed and the winner teams are awarded. These awards are also in huge varity like Trophies, Cash money, etc. Cash money varies from Rs. 10,000/- upto Rs. 1 crores and even more then that.
Janmashtami & Dahi Handi 2017 Dates :
In 2017, Janmashtami – Gokulashtami will be celebrated on Monday, 14th August 2017.
In 2017, Dahi Handi will be celebrated on Tuesday, 15th August 2017.