BY FLYNN REMEDIOS: Indian Spiderman Gaurav Sharma was the main attraction at the Evershine Nagar Dahi Handi at Malad West.
Sharma scaled a building Brindavan Apartments without any tools and only using his bare hands and a rope in front of a crowd of over 4000 strong.
Popularly known as the Nevada Putman Dahi Handi, the event at Evershine Nagar has been going on for the last several years now. It is one of the most popular Dahi Handi‘s in suburban Mumbai.
This year there were about 4000 viewers along with the govindas who came from as far as Thane in an attempt to break the handi and take away the coveted prize.
About 30 mandals from different parts of Mumbai made an attempt to break the handi throughout the day.
Nevada Putman is a local politician and prominent social worker in Malad Evershine Nagar and also a member of the BJP’s Minority Cell. He has been organising the Dahi Handi and Ganpati celebrations in Evershine Nagar for several year.
Gaurav Sharma is a Mumbaikar. Known as the Spiderman of India or Indian Spiderman he has climbed multi-story buildings in the city without any external support, using just a safety line made of rope wrapped around his waist.
He made a successful entry into Limca Book of Records by climbing the facade of the Shreepati Arcade, one of the tallest buildings in Mumbai located at Nana Chowk in 19 min and 4 seconds on January 26, 2009 as a tribute to the victims of the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai.
He is a black belt in Judo and Goju Rio.
He climbed the building finding footholds without any external support, using just a safety line made of rope wrapped around his waist. This feat won him an entry in the Limca Book of Records.
Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna. Legend has it that the little Krishna was very fond of milk, curd and white butter, and would go to any lengths to get it – beg, borrow or steal. To save the dahi (curd) from the little Krishna, the Gopis used to tie it up at a height that they were convinced he would never reach. Krishna was smart and he would gather all his friends, make a human pyramid and get the curd – which they would then eat it all up. The tradition continues to be celebrated, especially in Maharashtra (though not as much in his birth place Mathura).
At least 45 Govindas were injured here while forming human pyramids as part of the Dahi Handi festival, while another one died in Palghar district after he suffered an epileptic attack during the celebrations.
Rains and fear of injuries failed to dampen the spirit of ‘govindas’ as hundreds of them were seen moving around in trucks and tempos, travelling from one ‘handi’ venue to another in the metropolis.
The festival was celebrated with enthusiasm across the city, including in areas like Ghatkopar, Dadar, Lalbaug and Bhandup.
“As many as 45 govindas were injured in Mumbai till 5 pm,” civic officials told Zee News.
“One of them was seriously injured and admitted to a hospital, while others were discharged after they were administered first aid,” they added.
In Palghar, 21-year-old Rohan Kini died after he suffered an epileptic attack during the celebrations, police said.
Secretary of Dahi Handi Samanvay Samiti, Kamlesh Bhoir, said, “After the high court removed the restrictions on the height of pyramids, we were only left with the task of ensuring that children under the age of 14 do not participate in forming the human pyramids.”
Across Maharashtra, ‘Govinda’ troupes compete to form multi-tier pyramids and break pitchers of curd and buttermilk tied high above the ground on this day.
However, the dahi handi celebrations this year were relatively low-key in view of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), income tax woes and demonetisation, reports Zee News.