Dahi Handi, is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. One of the team is ready for the breaking of the Dahi Handi.
The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that is positioned at a convenient height prior to the event. The topmost person on the human pyramid tries to break the handi by hitting it with a blunt object. When the handi breaks, the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolizing their achievement through unity. Handis are set up around the city, and groups of youngsters --called Govinda Pathaks -- travel around in trucks trying to break as many handis as possible during the day.
Many -- such Govinda Pathaks -- compete with each other, especially for the handis that dole out hefty rewards. The event, in recent times, has gathered a political flavor, and it is common for political parties and rich community groups to offer prizes amounting to lakhs of rupees.
In 2012, one of Mumbai's leading Govinda Group (Human Pyramid forming group) namely the Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak from Jogeshwari had made an entry into the Guinness World Record and the Limca Book of Records by forming a Human Pyramid of 9-tier (43.79 feet tall) at the Dahi Handi event held in the Thane suburb of Mumbai.
In 2010, the Jai Jawan Govinda Group Jogeshwari had featured on BBC World News channel in its weekly feature programme-'India Business Report'.
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