Kainaat Arora at a Dahi Handi event organised by BJP MLA Ram Kadam in Ghatkopar. Mumbai. Pic/Sameer Markande
The birth of Lord Krishna was rung in with religious fervour on Tuesday and was followed by colourful 'Dahi Handi' with a distinct national flavour by thousands of Govindas all over Mumbai on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami.
With the bar on heights of human pyramids relaxed by the Bombay High Court, the celebrations were organised with full gusto in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Pune, Nashik, Kolhapur, Nagpur and other major cities.
Groups of revellers -- or Govindas as they are popularly known -- went around various venues singing "Govinda Ala Re, Ala, Zara Matki Sambhal Brij Bala" to the accompaniment of drums and music as huge crowds of excited onlookers welcomed them.
Shah Rukh Khan breaks Dahi Handi at his residence Mannat in Mumbai. Pic/Satej Shinde
The Govinda troupes quickly moved onto centre-stage and tried their luck at the 'Dahi Handi', pot of milk, butter and curds, hanging high above the ground, between 30-40 feet. Pic/Suresh Karkera
Those successfully breaking the 'Dahi Handi' hanging barely within reach of the precariously balanced human pyramids, were rewarded with grand prizes in cash and kind, besides fame and glory. Pic/Suresh Karkera
In Mumbai, major pyramids built over six to eight tiers were witnessed in Dadar, Ghatkopar, Borivali, Jogeshwari and Mulund, besides Thane and Navi Mumbai, many patronized by local units of major political parties. Pic/Suresh Karkera
A Dadar group managed to break the 'Dahi Handi' pot with an eight-tier pyramid, while a Thane all-girls group succeeded with a six-tier pyramid. In Thane, the biggest prize money on offer was Rs 11 lakh and in Ghatkopar the figure was Rs 25 lakh for the successful Govinda troupe. Pic/Suresh Karkera
The organisers made it a point to check the identity cards of all the younger Govindas to ensure they complied with the minimum age requirement of 14, besides other conditions stipulated by the government. Pic/Rane Ashish
All-girls Govinda groups in Dadar, Goregaon and Vikhroli were a huge attraction when they created six-tier pyramids, while an all-girls group of Vile Parle managed to reach and break the 'Dahi Handi' pot, amidst deafening cheers and claps, making them among the first to succeed in the city on Tuesday afternoon. Pic/Rane Ashish
Janmashtami celebrations at Perry Cross Road in Bandra. Mumbai