Maharashtra’s famous festival Dahi Handi (Govinda) was accorded with the status of Adventure Sport through a Government Resolution (GR).
From now on, Dahihandi will be played as per the rules and regulations which will be framed by a State-level association. It will not be limited to Janmashtami only.
Anyone can participate in the sport now, except those below 12 years. Minors will have to provide letters of approval from their parents. Groups playing this sport would be trained and registered.
The decision came after the Bombay High Court’s order putting restrictions on the festival to curb noise pollution and avoid public nuisance.
Considering the injuries and the deaths in the past, the court limited the height of the handi to 20 feet and banned minors from the event.