This year’s Krishna Janmashtami festival left 205 people, trying to form human pyramids, injured – the highest number ever. However, this time there were no casualties, while last year’s celebrations saw two deaths.
Janmaashtami, popularly known in Mumbai as Dahi Handi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna fashioned along the stories of little Shri Krishna stealing butter from hanging pots.
As Wikipedia describes it: 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 mostly nariyal (coconut) is preferred being a sign of purity,truth and other good terms in hindu religion.
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.