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Indians honor Hindu god with human pyramids

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08-20-2014 00:15 BJT

Indians honor Hindu god with human pyramids

In India, thousands of devotees have poured into the streets of Mumbai to observe the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna.

Devout Hindus on Monday celebrated the festival of Janmashtami, taking part in the event of 'Dahi Handi' amid cheers. People formed human pyramids, with the person at the very top breaking a decorated clay pot hanging from a rope. Organizers spoke of trying to find a balance between challenge and safety. 

Indians honor Hindu god with human pyramids

Indians honor Hindu god with human pyramids

"We wanted to hang the pot as high as possible, but at the same time we had to look into the safety measures and this mountaineering rope technique helped us a lot." 

Janmashtami is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna, who is regarded as the eighth incarnation of Hindu deity Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. 

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna, during his childhood, used to steal butter from an earthen pot suspended out of reach. To honor the tradition, people form human pyramids and break a pot of curds, which is tied at a great height. 

Indians honor Hindu god with human pyramids

Indians honor Hindu god with human pyramids

 

Thousands in Mongolia flock for annual competition

On the vast grasslands near Mongolia's capital Ulaanbataar, locals are celebrating another tradition - horse riding. All the participants are boys under 12 years old. Some are only five or six.

This 10-year-old is one of them. Although he didn't perform as well as he would have liked, he says he's happy to participate.

"It's fun. I like being on horseback."

The horse riding competition attracted about 10,000 people.

"Watching the game is also an important part of the horse riding tradition in Mongolia. We believe that people who touch the dust blown by the horses will have good luck in the coming year. So we come to the game every year."

Though more and more people are now living in the cities, this annual competition has succeeded in keeping the tradition alive. 

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