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Gokulashtami peaks, matches India's GDP

A Draft Correspondent | Mumbai

After a lull in celebrations the past few years, Gokulashtami returned in 2018 with full zest and fervour. Gokulashtami or Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna and Dahi Handi is a ritual to commemorate Lord Krishna's favourite activity, stealing butter from his mother's handi. The sky-high human pyramids made a comeback this year after the decision of the Bombay High Court last year. The Govinda groups could be seen forming multi-layered human pyramids in Dahi Handi celebrations across Mumbai. The pitch was high because of the revival of the tall human pyramids and political activities owing to the upcoming General Elections of 2019.

On Monday, September 3, 2018, Govinda enthusiasts paraded across Mumbai throughout the day to scale new heights and grab their symbolic possession of curd and butter filled in earthern pots aka handis placed on top, and earn fabulous prizes in the bargain. At some places the handis were fixed atop cranes to keep them high. At most places, safety harnesses were in place for young Govindas to ensure safety when they climb and fall down in the process.

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