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Dahi Handi Festival: Date , Significance & Celebration

Dahi-Handi Festival

We are here with one more exciting Indian festival named as Dahi Handi Festival. Dahi Handi festival is a popular festival celebrated by the Hindu community in India. This festival is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Shri Krishna. A huge gathering of people and the performance of Gopies can be seen during the Dahi Handi festival.

Dahi-Handi Festival Date

Dahi Handi Festival is celebrated on the day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami every year. thus this festival is also celebrated in the month of August. 

This festival is celebrated at various locations in India. The most popular Dahi handi festival can be seen in Mumbai and Gujarat. You can see a glimpse of this festival in the city of Lord Krishna named Mathura.

Dahi-Handi Preparation

Since it is the activity of Shrikrishna during his childhood days, the same schenes are created during the Krishna Janmashtami festival. A Matki (Cley Pot) is filled with curd, ghee, almonds, and dry fruits. The Matki is hung by ropes almost 20-30 feet above the ground. The practice of Makhan Handi is quite famous in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

How To Celebrate Dahi-Handi Festival?

Dahi Handi festival is celebrated in the open ground. A Makhan Matki is hung with the help of rope 20-30 feet above the ground by making a pyramid. Groups of boys gather in the ground, road, or compound and they break the earthen pot or Makhan Matki. 

Dahi-Handi Festival In Mumbai

Dahi Handi tradition started in Mumbai in 1907It is believed that this tradition has been going on for the last 104 years in Ghansoli village near Navi Mumbai. Dahi Handi was first started here in 1907 on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. 

Dahi Handi festival held every year in Mayanagari is celebrated all over the world. Not only the country but people from abroad also come here to see the Dahi Handi festival. Some circles also give a reward of crores for breaking the handi.

Like Kho-Kho and Kabaddi, Dahi Handi has now been given the status of a game in Maharashtra. It will be considered a type of adventure sport.

It was announced to declare the day of the Dahi Handi festival as a public holiday. The government has also issued a government order in this regard. The special thing is that Dahi-Handi can now be played as an adventure sport not only during Gokulashtami or Janmashtami but 365 days a year.


Mathura Krishna Janmashtami

 Janmashtami Celebration In Mathura

Mathura is painted in the color of Krishna. More than two lakh devotees have reached the Janmabhoomi. More than 30 thousand devotees are engaged in the line of Janmabhoomi temple. 18 thousand rooms of more than 700 hotels and Dharamshala of the city have been filled. Devotees from all over the country are spending the night on the streets. Children and big Kanhas are made all around the streets. Bhajan-Kirtan of Radhe-Radhe is being done in the streets and intersections. Devotees from abroad were also seen dancing and singing.

This time the birthplace of Kanha has been made like an ancient prison. The entrance and exit of the sanctum sanctorum are made of plastic pipes and artificial bars made of wood.

For the first time in UP, cow worship will be done on Janmashtami in Gaushalas.

There are 581 Gaushalas in Uttar Pradesh. All these cowsheds will be decorated. Officers of the department and public representatives of the area will also worship in them.

3000 artisans decorating the Banke Bihari temple

To decorate the Banke Bihari temple and Kanha, 3 thousand artisans have brought special training from Delhi. They are busy decorating the temple day and night. A special bed of indigenous and exotic flowers is being prepared to give coolness to Lord Krishna. Keshav Mali, who has been setting up a shop for 12 years, told that he alone has ordered 10 quintals of flowers for the makeup of Lord Shri Krishna. In Mathura, cultural programs will be held in front of Potra Kund Mansion, Brag Gate Sabzi Mandi, Bhuteshwar Square, Krishnapuri Tiraha, New Bus Stand, Govardhan Square, Parasauli and BSA College.


Radha-Shri Krishna will wear Harikanta dress, ready in a month

Radha-Krishna, seated in Shri Krishna's birthplace, will wear Shri Harikanta's dress. The dress is made from silk, zari, and silk. Twelve artisans from Kolkata and Mathura were involved in making this special dress. It took a month to make it. On the theme of the peacock figure in the dress, the artwork of creeper, address, tree, and the captivating vine has been carved very artistically. This dress has been made according to the ancient art of the temples of Braj.

The population of Muslims in Vrindavan is 20 thousand. Most of the people of the Muslim community life here in the Mathura Gate area. Another specialty here is that the Sai Masjid and Mata Pathwari Devi temples of the area are connected to each other. Mohd who lives here. Ashraf explains, "Be it Eid or Deepawali, people celebrate the festival together. On Diwali, people of the Muslim community also light candles in front of Maa Pathwari Devi temple. Here generation after generation people has been making Kanha's dress."

Maha Prasad will be distributed to the devotees

On this occasion Bhajan, Kirtan will be held till 12 noon from tomorrow evening till night. Aarti of Lord Krishna will be done in it. At the end of the program, Mahaprasad of Panjiri, Charanamrit will also be distributed to thousands of devotees.

Preparations are being finalized in the temples of Braj on Shri Krishna Janmashtami

On the arrival of the Lord, all arrangements are being made so that there is no shortage in his welcome. Attractive outfits have been prepared for the Lord on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Apart from this, valuable jewelry will also be used in the adornment of God. Janmashtami will be celebrated in Mathura for four days.

God will wear Harikanta dress in the birthplace

Lord Radha-Krishna, seated in the Bhagwan Bhavan located at Shri Krishna's birthplace, will wear Shri Harikanta's dress. This divine dress is made from silk, zari, and silk. This attractive dress, which was completed in about a month, has been specially prepared for God.

Artisans of Kolkata, Mathura prepared the dress

This special dress specially made for Janmashtami has been prepared by 12 artisans from Kolkata and Mathura. It took a month to make it. Creeper, address, tree, captivating vine, etc. artwork has been carved very artistically on the theme of peacock figure in the dress. This dress has been made according to the ancient art of the temples of Braj.

God will wear priceless jewelry

On this day, precious jewelry studded with gems will be worn to the Lord. On the day of the Janmashtami festival, apart from the Braj Ratna crown, the Lord will be presented with a golden necklace, girdle, necklace, husli, Kantheswari, and Kundal.

A yellow dress will be worn to Banke Bihari

On the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Banke Bihari ji is also adorned with beautiful make-up.

On the occasion of Janmashtami, the Lord is made to wear a yellow dress.

God will wear gem-studded jewelry

On the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, Lord Banke Bihari ji will be made to wear gem studded ornaments. Apart from the peacock crown, Kaundhani, precious necklace, and other ornaments are worn to Lord Banke Bihari ji.

Although Lord Banke Bihari wears attractive attire every morning and evening, on the day of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, his adornment is such that the eyes of the devotees do not turn away from him.

But, the festival of Janmashtami will be celebrated for 4 days in Mathura. Here Janmashtami festival will be celebrated on 18 August in some temples, 19 in some, 20 in some temples,s and 21 August in some temples.

Janmashtami will be celebrated on August 18 in Keshav Dev temple

The festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated a day before in Lord Keshav Dev temple near the residential gate of Shri Krishna Janmasthan. The consecration of the Lord is done here only in the middle of the night of Saptami.

Lord Krishna was born in the middle of the night. That is, Ashtami Tithi starts as soon as 12 o'clock at night. This is the reason why the Shri Krishna Janmashtami festival is celebrated the day before in this temple for centuries. 

The temple was built by the great-grandson of Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna's great-grandson established 4 deities in Braj.

Keshav Dev in Mathura,

Govind Dev in Vrindavan,

Baldev in Dauji and

Every god in Govardhan.

This Keshav Dev temple dates back to that time. Janmashtami festival will be celebrated with pomp here on Thursday. At 12 o'clock the birth of the Lord will be consecrated."

Lord Krishna will appear on Friday at Shri Krishna's birthplace, Banke Bihari

The main festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami is on the 19th of August. The festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on Friday only in other temples including Shri Krishna Janmasthan, Banke Bihari ji, and Dwarkadhish. Various events will be held on Friday morning. Panchamrit Abhishek will be done to the Lord at midnight.


Lord will appear in the city of Lord Krishna's father on Saturday

The festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami will be celebrated on Saturday 20 August in Nandgaon, the city of Lord Krishna's father Nand Baba. The reason behind celebrating Janmashtami the next day here

The greetings of God are sung daily from the day after the Raksha Bandhan festival. God is wooed through 8 days and 8 congratulatory songs. The birth anniversary of Lord Shri Krishna is celebrated on the 8th day.

He told, “This time one date is decreasing, due to which the festival of Janmashtami is being celebrated everywhere on 19th August. While the 8 greetings sung in the Nand Baba temple will be completed on August 20. This is the reason why Janmashtami will be celebrated here on August 20 this time.”

Krishna Janmashtami: Preparation, and Celebration

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is the birth anniversary of lord Krishna. The festival comes in the month of August. On the eighth day of Rakhi Purnima or Raksha Bandhan Shrikrishna Janmashtami is celebrated every year. On this day people from the Hindu community Lord Krishna on the Birth anniversary in the form of Laddu Gopal. Let us know about Shri Krishna Janmashtami in detail.

Shri Krishna Birth Detail

The 5249th birth anniversary of Shri Krishna is celebrated on 19th August. In the Dwapar Yuga, Lord Vishnu took the incarnation of Lord Krishna on the Ashtami night of the Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada month.

At the time of the birth of Lord Krishna, Ashtami Tithi, Wednesday, was the sum of Rohini Nakshatra. Shri Krishna's zodiac sign is Taurus. Shri Krishna was born in the Chandravansh. He had selected the day, Nakshatra and Vaar with the exalted Moon sign. The ruling planet of Wednesday is Mercury. Mercury is considered the son of Chandradev. That's why Shri Krishna fixed Wednesday for the birth.

Janmashtami Preparation

Prasad Making

let's prepare to make Bal Gopal's prasad at home. Lord Shri Krishna is called Makhan Chor. Everyone knows that he loved butter. Janmashtami celebration is incomplete without butter. Often people buy butter from the market to offer bhog.

Parents and grandparents know that coriander leaves are a special prasad for Janmashtami. If you do not know and are thinking of fasting on Janmashtami this time.

Eight flowers and leaves of Shri Krishna's favorite

Flowers: Vaijayanti, Lotus, Malti, Rose, Marigold, Kevada, Kaner, and Maulshree (Bakul)

Leaves: Tulsi, Bilvapatra, Apamarga, Bhringraj, Morpankh, Durva, Kusha, and Shami

Decorate of Laddu Gopal

Jhoola is decorated in every house on Janmashtami. You can use many things present in the house for the decoration of Bal Gopal's swing. This will save both time and money.

  1. Dress the idol of Laddu Gopal in new clothes.
  2. After the clothes put on jewellery, crown, peacock feathers and garland.
  3. If you want, you can also apply Tika and Kajal on the forehead.
  4. Place the flute in the swing, then put Laddu Gopal on the swing.

The decoration is done, now


Keep these things in mind while worshiping Shri Krishna

Before worshiping Krishna on Shri Krishna Janmashtami, first worship Lord Shri Ganesh duly worshiped. Offer water to the Ganesh idol, offer clothes, sandalwood, durva, necklace, and flowers. Enjoy it. Light incense lamps and perform aarti.

First of all in the worship of Shri Krishna, i.e. wash your hands with clean water before worship, after that offer water to Shri Krishna's hands.

Bal Gopal should be bathed with water containing fragrant flowers. After this, anoint the Lord with saffron mixed milk. Fill the milk in the Dakshivarti conch shell and offer it to the Lord.

Lord Shri Krishna is called Pitambardhari, that's why wears bright yellow clothes to Bal Gopal. Makeup with flowers. Wear a crown with a peacock feather on the head.

Keep the idol of Gaumata in the consecration of Bal Gopal. Do Abhishek of Gaumata. Offer clothes to Gaumata also. On this day, money and green grass should be donated to a cowshed.

Bal Gopal should be seated on a beautiful yellow and bright seat. Make Panchamrit by mixing milk, curd, ghee, honey, and sugar candy and fill it in a silver vessel, offering it with Tulsi.

One should keep chanting Shri Krishna's mantra Krim Krishnay Namah while doing the abhishek. In worship, Lord Krishna should be offered Durva, Kumkum, sandalwood, rice, abir, and fragrant flowers. Offer fresh fruits, sweets, laddus, butter-mishri, kheer, and basil leaves.

Keep in mind that ghee, curd, butter, panchamrit should be used in worship made from cow's milk. Ghee made from cow's milk should also be used for the lamp. One should also keep chanting the name of Radha ji in the worship of Bal Gopal.

Janmashtami Celebration

Shri Krishna Janma Parva is celebrated in Mathura, Vrindavan, Dwarka, Nathdwara, and ISKCON temples. People also celebrate the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna at this time in their homes.

Janmashtami Celebration in ISCON Temple

Janmashtami Celebration in ISKCON Temple

Janmashtami Celebration in ISKCON Temple

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated with full excitement in ISKCON Temple not online in India but across the world. Krishna devotees decorate the temple according to their own culture. 

Janmashtami Celebration in School & College

A day before Janmashtami, the festival of Janmashtami was celebrated with great pomp in schools and colleges. Dahi-Handi was organized along with a cultural and colorful program on this occasion. Children enthusiastically participated in it.

Dahi-Handi Festival In Mumbai

One of the most popular Hindu festivals in Maharashtra is Dahi Handi Festival. This festival is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Shri Krishna. 

Groups of boys gather in the ground, road, or compound and they break the earthen pot hanging at a height of 20-30 feet above the ground by making pyramids. The practice of Makhan Handi is quite famous in Maharashtra and Gujarat, where the matki is hung by filling it with curd, ghee, almonds, and dry fruits.


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Keep These 5 Precautions During Rakhi Festival Celebration

India is known for its diverse culture and tradition. It can be easily seen during festival celebrations in India. Indian Festivals are rich in culture and tradition. Our culture and tradition are taught in our homes and schools by elders and teachers.

We follow a certain set of rules and patterns during the festival celebrations as our ancestors did. This helps to keep and preserve our Indian culture in its original shape and safely transfer to the next generation.

Raksha Bandhan is a traditional Hindu festival. During the Rakhi festival celebration, there are also some traditional rules we should follow. There are certain things that we should keep in mind during the Rakhi festival celebration. 

1. Don't Tie Rakhi with Dry Coconut Shell

There is a tradition to tie Rakhi only when your brother's hand is full. The brother should hold something in his hand during the rakhi tie ceremony. That's why the sisters hold the coconut in their brother's hand. Brother holds the coconut, and the sister ties rakhi. If there is no coconut, you can get Rakhi tied by keeping only money i.e. few rupees in hand, but nothing should be kept other than this. Behind the hand being full, there is a wish that Lakshmi should always remain in the brother's hand. That is why the "Shri" fruit i.e. coconut is kept in his hand.

Some people keep bananas, sweets, or even dried coconut shells which is completely wrong. This tradition started by mistake, which should be rectified immediately.

The tradition is that when the married sisters come to their maternal home, they bring coconut for the brother and dry balls for the sister-in-law, which they put in their bag. Later, some sisters mistakenly started tying Rakhi to their brothers with this dry ball. Whereas this dry ball is only for sister-in-law. 

Also Read:- Raksha Bandhan History, Date & Celebration

2. Brothers Should Not Take Anything from His Sisters

Brothers should not take anything from sisters. According to this belief, brothers do not keep quince with them. Only they tie rakhi by keeping them in their hands. That Shriphal belongs to the sister only.

3. Make a Silk Thread Rakhi with Your Own Hands

Sisters should try to make a silk thread Rakhi with their own hands. Silk thread is easily available in the market. Rakhi is not an object of the show, it is a symbol of dignity and power. Thus, there is no need for flamboyance and glitter in it. Rakhi in the market is only a medium to entertain the mind of children. If you want a brother, then tie a silk string only.

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4. Be Careful About Sweets

If you cannot make any sweets with your own hands, then make pudding. Bring sweets from the market only under a lot of compulsion. because it is a festival of love.

5. Don't Weigh Rakhi with Money

Sister, tell your brother clearly to give only affection and love, don't weigh Rakhi with money. And especially all are requested that this is our Sanatan festival, celebrate it graciously, avoid forced appearances and expenses. 

Raksha Bandhan is the festival of love. It is the most awaited festival for siblings. To make this festival realistic we should follow our traditional beliefs and culture in their original state. Let us all together celebrate this great festival systematically.

Our festivals are traditionally rich in culture, and beliefs based on location and religion. In the name of modernization, people keep aside their cultural belief and starts festival celebration as per their own mindset. We can clearly say that our cultural beliefs and traditions are badly affected. we should adopt the technology but also keep preserving our cultural beliefs in India.