Maharashtra

1 dead, 60 ‘Govindas’ injured during Dahi Handi celebrations in Mumbai

Around 60 people have been injured in Maharashtra during the ongoing Janmashtmi celebrations who are being treated in various hospitals of the state.

The Hush Post: A 20-yar-old ‘Govinda’ died after suffering epileptic attack during during a Dahi Handi celebration in Mumbai on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Avinash Khandare, a member of the Bal Gopal Mandal govinda association. Avinash died on his way to the hospital.

Around 60 people have been injured in Maharashtra during the ongoing Janmashtmi celebrations who are being treated in various hospitals of the state.  In Mumbai, 2 injured were admitted to Sion Hospital, 4 to KEM Hospital, 7 to Nair Hospital, 1 to SL Raheja Hospital, 2 to Poddar, 1 to St. George, 2 to MT Aggarwal, 7 to Rajawadi, 5 each to Mahatma Phue, V N Desai and 5 were admitted to Babha Hospital.

Youth in Mumbai, and certain other parts of the country, team up during Janamashtmi celebrations to break the Dahi Handi, an earthen pot filled with curd hung high above the ground. The teammates are known as Govindas or Bal Gopals who form tall human pyramid as one of them climbs high to break the Dahi Handi.

The event is based on the legend about Lord Krishna about him stealing makhan (butter) or dahi (curd) from handis.  Every year, hundreds of such govinda associations in Mumbai build tall human pyramids in order to grab the dahi handi hanging from above. The event organisers hand away prize money which runs into crores of rupees. However, the events also witness numerous accidents, with many deaths reported in the past.

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