President Ram Nath Kovind, Narendra Modi extend Janmashtami greetings as nation celebrates Hindu festival with full fervour
To celebrate Janmashtami, an idol of infant Krishna over a beautifully decorated swing is often the centre of festivities with dance and music performances and Dahi Handi competition being organised at different places.
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The birth of Lord Krishna was rung in with religious fervour and gaiety in Maharashtra and it was followed Monday by colourful 'dahi handi' celebrations which saw enthusiastic participation by youngsters in Mumbai and other parts of the state
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Bombay HC had refused to cap the heights of Dahi Handi human pyramids but the state govt had assured the court that it would ensure that children below 14 years of age would not participate.
The Mumbai Police are on high alert and have tightened the security ahead of Independence Day on Tuesday which coincides with Dahi Handi celebrations this year
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The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to clarify the grounds for classifying 'Dahi Handi' as an adventure sport in 2015
Its approach to jallikattu has been different. It bans what locals say is a hugely popular sport in parts of Tamil Nadu, a 2000-year-old tradition. The reason is cruelty to bulls used in the taming game.
Several organisations in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai celebrated Krishna Janmashtami on Thursday, flouting the Supreme Court order on 'Dahi Handi' height and expressing their protest with black bands.
The Jai Jawan mandal, which failed in its last ditch effort to convince the apex court on the height limitations, had put up a massive human pyramid measuring at least 42 feet at one point, more than twice the limit set by the top court.
With the state determined to enforce the Supreme Court order with the police issuing preemptive notices and making arrangements to video record every human pyramid, it would be interesting to watch in what way the open challenge of the MNS will move forward.
However, in adjoining Thane district, a Dahi Handi was strung up at 49 feet on Thursday morning, more than double the height allowed by the Supreme Court.
Hours before that the Supreme Court was told by the government, seeking a review of its earlier restrictions on Dahi Handi, that the exercise of forming pyramids was "associated with religion and it would hurt the people’s sentiment if the restrictions on height continued".