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Dahikala during Sri Krishna Jayanti - Dahi Kala 2018 Date and Importance

Dahikala is another name of Dahi Handi festival in Maharashtra and is great importance to Hindu devotees. It is also the name of a popular dish prepared in the many parts of India and offered to Lord Krishna. In 2018, the date of Dahikala is September 3. Dahi Kala is observed during the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Shravan month. The day falls after the Sri Krishna Jayanti day in Maharashtra.

The Dahikala name for Dahi Handi festival comes from a dish prepared on the festival day. The dish is a mixture of yoghurt, pounded rice and jaggery, which is offered to Krishna on the day.

The Dahikala mixture is placed in the Dahi Handi pot and young men and women compete against each other to break open the pot placed high above the ground.

In Maharashtra, group of men and women form human pyramids to break the Dahi Kala pot.