Kedar Bhat

Photography, workshops, Photo Tours

Dahi Handi- The festival of Human pyramids

Article Index

In Maharashtra state of India, during the festival of Dahi-Handi, human pyramids reach out and break a hanging earthen pot (known as Handi) filled with butter to celebrate Lord Krishna's mischievous side.

Organized teams (known as 'Pathaks') of people (known as the Govindas) compete with each other and travel all across the city to breaking the Handis and winning prizes.

1> Crowd at a Dahi-Handi event in Thane
dahi handi crowd



2> A boy ties a weight balance to his hand used to break the Earthen pot, the 'Handi'
dahi handi

3> A Govinda team (Pathak) starts climbing the human pyramid
dahi handi

4> Collapsing Human pyramid
dahi handi 0004

5> Collapsing Human pyramid
dahi handi



6> A Govinda breaks the earthen pot (Handi)
dahi handi 0006

7> Members of a Govinda team stop on a road and have food.
dahi handi 0007



8>Members of a Govinda team stop on a road and have food.
dahi handi

9> Attempting a Human pyramid
dahi handi

10> The Earthen pot ( Dahi-Handi) tied high above the ground that the Govindas break by making a human pyramid.
dahi handi 0010








11> Collapsing Human pyramid
dahi handi

12> Collapsing Human pyramid
dahi handi

13> Collapsing Human pyramid
dahi handi 0013



14> A child enjoys music played during the Dahi Handi festival
dahi handi

15> A Govinda jubilates after receiving a trophy from the organizers of a Dahi-Handi
dahi handi 0015








16> A child enjoys music played during the Dahi Handi festival
dahi handi

17> A participant enjoys music during Dahi handi
dahi handi 0017

18> Eco-friendly specs ! ! !
dahi handi 0018



19> A Human pyramid
dahi handi 0019

20> Attempt to form a human pyramid
dahi handi








21> Supporting hands for the Human pyramid
dahi handi

22> To cheer-up the crowds and the Govinda team water is sprayed using water tankers
dahi handi 0022

23> A Jubilant Govinda after he receives a trophy and flower bouquet
dahi handi 0023



24> Human pyramid attempt
dahi handi 0024

25> A Govinda breaks the earthen pot (Dahi-Handi)
dahi handi 0025



26> A child attempts to break a Handi
dahi handi 0026



27> A girl with a band which declares "Govinda has arrived"
dahi handi 0027