Dahi Handi is a festival during, Govindas, as the participants or revelers are known, re-perform the myth of Lord Krishna taking butter from a hanging pot, known as the Dahi-handi.
Preparation for the Dahi-handi includes pouring curd into the jar with turmeric powder and coins in them. The handi is festooned with garlands of Marigold flower. The pot then gets tied with a thick rope — which again decorated with flowers. Done all this a coconut is placed over the container. The rope is bound between two buildings, and usually, dry grass is laid just below the handi.
The Krishna Janmashtami-Dahi Handi celebrations in Mumbai could have been bigger this year with the Bombay High Court declining to take a call on the height of the human pyramids, but they took the Maharashtra government's affidavit that kids below the age of 14 would not take part in the human pyramid formation.
While all the Govinda groups were happy after the Bombay high court decision most of them didn’t have a clue about places to visit as organizers had not declared the prize money.
The Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti, the umbrella body of mandals, believes that demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Service Tax (GST) have discouraged the spirit of the festival organizers. Many are not willing to take the risk to declare big prize money.