DahiHandi - An exemplification of TeamWork!

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DahiHandi is the soul of the celebration of Janmaashtami. DahiHandi is filled with joy and excitement just like any other festival.  However.what differentiates it from other festivals is how subtly it explains the importance of unity and teamwork.

DahiHandi is all about teamwork. The success of DahiHandi is in breaking the Handi by forming a human pyramid. Thus, here the goal is common, which naturally brings all the Govindas together. The first step to success is the alignment of the Govindas to the Handi: the goal.

Once, the goal is defined, the next is the work towards achieving that goal. The first step is in deciding the right mix of people. This is important because, the human pyramid is composed of many layers and each level is equally important for reaching and ultimately breaking the Handi.

The base is often composed of people who are strong enough to anchor the pyramid. They play the role of a foundation in any great tower. A tower wonít stand without a strong, robust foundation. Thus, the base level of the human pyramid is very critical. More and more levels/layers of Govindas keep getting added depending on the height of the Handi.

It is very important for each Govinda to understand that each one of them is important to break the Handi and that each layer in the human pyramid is critical in holding the layers above them. Thus, the Govinda who breaks the Handi is no more important than the layers of Govindas who make it possible for him to reach the Handi.

One another interesting lesson to learn is how the pyramid fights itís way to reach the Handi. The road to reach the Handi is not easy with water being poured over the pyramid to break the pyramid. It is after many collapses that, the Handi is reached ultimately. These obstructions are handled as a team which is so critical; with each layer trying to protect and balance the layers above.

Finally, the Govindas are driven by a spirit which is the driving force for reaching the Handi. No goals can be reached without a common spirit and alignment to the common goal - this is the lesson we need to imbibe always when working in a team.

Let us all be Govindas in our team...

Siddharth,
IIEMT.

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