Gokulashtami 2014 • गोकुळाष्टमी

Date: 
August 18, 2014 (All day)

About the Festival

Gokulashtami is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu deity Vishnu.

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the Ashtami tithi, the eighth day of the dark half or Krishna Paksha of the month of Bhadrava in the Hindu calendar, when the Rohini Nakshatra is ascendant. The festival always falls within mid-August to mid-September in the Gregorian calendar.

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Janmaashtami, popularly known in Mumbai and Pune as Dahi Handi is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that was 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, and when that happens, the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolizing their achievement through unity. Various Handis are set up locally in several parts of the city, and groups of youngsters, called Govinda, 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 not uncommon for political parties, and rich community groups to offer prizes amounting to lakhs of rupees.  Some of the most famous handis are at Dadar, Mazgaon, Lalbaug, Thane and Babu Genu, Mandai in Pune.

Source: Wikipedia contributors, "Krishna Janmashtami," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Krishna_Janmashtami&oldid=391371753

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