Mumbai: Fewer Govindas injured recorded this year, due to muted celebration

The atmosphere this year in Mumbai was sombre, as the Dahi Handi celebrations in the city had a muted tone and the Kolhapur, Sangli floods. Also, the death of former finance minister Arun Jaitley was another reasons why the festivities were of a quieter nature


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.

The Dahi Handi celebrations in Mumbai on Saturday witnessed fewer injuries in comparison to 2018. 51 Govindas were injured, from which 27 were discharged.

The remaining Govindas are still being treated at various civic-run hospitals.

Injuries reported from hospitals across the city.

  • Nair Hospital – 06
  • KEM Hospital – 12
  • Sion Hospital – 04
  • J.J. Hospital – 01
  • Shatabdi Hospital (Govandi)  – 02
  • M.T. Agarwal Hospital – 01
  • Rajawadi Hospital – 10
  • Cooper Hospital – 04
  • Trauma Care Hospital – 03
  • V N Desai Hospital – 01
  • Shatabdi Hospital (Kandivali) – 06
  • Total: 51
  • Out of which 27 discharged.  No untoward incident was reported.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Hemant Deshmukh, dean of KEM Hospital, said, “A few people are currently being treated at the hospital. A 12-year-old boy named Vignesh Kadkar injured his head, he belonged to Kalchowkie Govinda Patak, Aniket Sutar, a 20-year-old boy who was part of Udaykrida Mandal Govinda Patak from Worli, has fractured his left leg, Sunil Sawant, a 41-year-old Lalbaug resident from Sai Sang Govinda Patak is also injured. They all are being treated. Their health is stable.”

The hot weather and 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 Mumbai.

Dr Ramesh Bharmal, dean of B.Y.L. Nair Hospital, said, “One Govinda has injured his nose, while another has injured his hands and legs. They both are being treated. All facilities are made available to them so that they can be promptly treated and not face difficulties.”

The festival, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna, was celebrated with enthusiasm across the city, including in areas like Ghatkopar, Dadar, Lalbaug and Bhandup.