Janmashtami 2020: The grim shadow of COVID-19 was seen on Dahi Handi festivities in Mumbai and different components of Maharashtra on Wednesday as organisers opted for low-key celebrations not like previous years.
Adhering to the social distancing tips, Dahi Handi mandals or teams didn’t kind human pyramids this 12 months to mark the beginning of Lord Krishna. Instead, they have been finishing up well being and social welfare drives, like blood donation camps and elimination of plastic.
In earlier years, Dahi Handi was celebrated with nice fervour in components of Maharashtra, significantly in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane, the place spiritual establishments, political leaders and Govinda mandals, comprising children wearing vibrant apparel and took half within the festivities.
Organisers of Dahi Handi earlier introduced enormous money rewards to teams, which succeeded in making the multi-tier human pyramids and breaking the Dahi Handis or earthen pitchers containing curd or buttermilk. This 12 months, Dahi Handis have been damaged in a symbolic method with these concerned sustaining social distance and sporting masks.
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Ram Kadam, BJP MLA from Ghatkopar stated, in regular instances, his mandal’s Dahi Handi celebration noticed 5 to 6 lakh footfalls. “Ours was the biggest Dahi Handi celebration in India. But this year, we celebrated in a very simple manner, observing social distance amid the COVID-19 crisis. No human pyramid was formed. A child climbed atop a table and broke Dahi Handi just as a ritual,” the BJP chief stated, including that, “this year, we gave a message of boycotting Chinese products and working towards an aatmanirbhar (self-reliant) India.”
Bala Padalkar, chief of Dahi Handi Utsav Samanvay Samiti, an umbrella physique of over 950 teams within the state, instructed information company PTI that the keenness was not the identical this 12 months and members of assorted mandals agreed to not journey within the metropolis to interrupt Dahi Handis. Instead, they carried out puja in their very own areas with out forming human pyramids, he stated.
Sandeep Dhawale, coach of the city-based Jai Jawan Govinda Pathak (squad), identified for forming excessive human pyramids, stated sustaining social distance was the necessity of the hour and celebrating the pageant in a easy method was within the curiosity of everybody’s well being. His mandal has undertaken plastic-free and clear Mumbai drive, to mark the pageant, whereas following the social distancing guidelines. We are accumulating plastic and recycling it. The fund raised by way of the exercise can be used for the schooling of the needy, Mr Dhawale stated.