‘Dahi-Handi’ is Now an Official Sport in Maharashtra
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announces that ‘Dahi-Handi’ will be recognized as an official sport in Maharashtra. The state is set to organize a ‘Pro- Dahi Handi’ completion. The Maharashtra Government also announces that the Govindas will get a job under the sports category and if any Govinda loses his life insurance of Rs 10 lakh will be given, also if they end up being partially handicapped insurance of Rs 5 lakh will be given by the Government of Maharashtra.
The decision was taken as many cities of Maharashtra celebrate and enjoy ‘Dahi-Handi’ as an adventurous sport. ‘Dahi-Handi’ is a ritual in which devotees of Lord Krishna recreate the ‘Maakhan Chori’ or butter stealing act. It is one of the mischievous stories of Krishna’s childhood. It is also known as ‘Gopalakala’ and it is observed on the next day of Janmashtami.
Janmashtami is a Hindu festival that marks the birth of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day of Bhadra month. Generally, Janmashtami falls in August or September. The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated all over the country and people offer their prayers to Lord Krishna.