Nagpur: Janmashtami falls on August 25, 2016. One can hear the slogan ‘Govinda Aala Re, Janmashtami Aala Re’ at every square. Every heart feels happy at the arrival of the divine baby, Balgopal.
Like most parts of Maharashtra, Kanha’s birth is celebrated in a different form and style even in the city. The celebrations in the city are marked with the making of human pyramids and breaking the ‘Dahi Handi’ (buttermilk pot).
As usual, the festival is a projection of Lord Krishna’s youth and he is worshiped in the city as Govinda. The celebration of Dahi Handi festival depicts the love of Govinda toward butter, milk, Dahi (curd), and sweets. Many “Dahi Handi” events are organised in the city where young boys make a Toli (troops) to perform this making a human pyramid to break the Handi, which is tied in the air. The Dahi Handi festival is also a depiction of one of the Govinda’s Leelas.
A big rally was taken out by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal in the city. Many attractive floats were taken out with beautiful idols and children dressed as Krishna or Bal-Gopal.
Pics by Roshan Singh