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Maharashtra's Dahi Handi granted with the Adventure Sport status

Aug 14, 2015 09:55 IST

Maharashtra's famous Dahi Handi (Govinda) was on 11 August 2015 accorded with the status of Adventure Sport through a Government Resolution (GR) 201508131458581621.

From now on, Dahihandi will be played as per the rules and regulations which will be framed by a State-level association. It will not be limited to Janmashtami only.

Anyone can participate in the sport now, except those below 12 years. Minors will have to provide letters of approval from their parents. Groups playing this sport would be trained and registered.

The decision came following the Bombay High Court order putting restrictions on the festival to curb noise pollution and avoid public nuisance. Going by the injuries and the deaths in the past, the court limited the height of the handi to 20 feet and banned minors from the event.

About Dahi Handi

• Dahi Handi is a sport in which a human pyramid is formed to break an earthen pot filled with curd hanging mid-air to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna.
• The festival has become one of the most glamorous festivals in Maharashtra, with prizes in lakhs are distributed in the presence of Bollywood stars. A special team of Spain where a similar festival is held too had visited Thane last year to participate in it.

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