nb_cid nb_clickOther -tt-nb this.style.behavior='url(#default#homepage)';this.setHomePage('http://www.aol.com/?mtmhp=acm50ieupgradebanner_112313 network-banner-empty upgradeBanner
14
Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
Video
Video
AOL Favorites
Favorites
Menu

India sets age limit for Krishna birthday pyramids



NEW DELHI (AP) - India's top court says children as young as 12 can climb atop towering human pyramids in a popular Hindu celebration that has seen deaths and injuries in past years.

Devotees celebrate the birthday of the child-god Krishna each August by forming a pyramid with the last climber, usually a child, clambering to the top to break the "dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd. The practice honors Krishna's effort to steal butter.

Every year, several children are killed, injured or disabled in falls from pyramids that can reach 40 feet (12 meters) high.

A court in Mumbai last week set the country's first age limit for participants at 18.

The Supreme Court put that ruling on hold Thursday and said children who've reached their 12th birthday can participate.

Related:
Hindu Religious Beliefs
Significance of Krishna
How to Build A Human Pyramid
Treating Injuries
Hindu Ceremonial Traditions
Popular Religious Practices in Asia

More from AOL:
Together 48 years, couple fights NC marriage ban
Neymar returns to team practice with Barcelona
Pope's S. Korea visit brings rare opportunity

Join the discussion

1000|Char. 1000  Char.
mgt0331 August 14 2014 at 9:26 AM

And who gives a sh&t?

Flag Reply +9 rate up
2 replies
thomashollman19 mgt0331 August 14 2014 at 12:48 PM

MOTHER NATURES WAY OF CULLING A HERD OF IDIOTS

Flag Reply +2 rate up
1 reply
geonosian713 thomashollman19 August 14 2014 at 1:31 PM

HAHAHAHAHA !!!

Flag +1 rate up
Anthony mgt0331 August 14 2014 at 7:40 PM

Obviously you did, but you don't see that do you?

Flag Reply 0 rate up
brightsky22 August 14 2014 at 10:43 AM

"Every year, several children are killed, injured or disabled in falls from pyramids "
********************
Well, as long as Krishna is celebrated, apparently a few children are expendable.

Flag Reply +5 rate up
1 reply
Ken brightsky22 August 15 2014 at 9:53 PM

If the majority of children injured in these falls were girls, you might even be right that they think this way. "Expendable" seems to be how they see female children.

Flag Reply 0 rate up
ordobtrebla August 14 2014 at 1:46 PM

When you have over a Billion People .
You have to find entertainment any way you can..

Flag Reply +4 rate up
dbear4u2 August 14 2014 at 2:12 PM

We don't need any more 7-11 owners, let the pyramids continue. It is a time honored tradition. Accept it like we have to accept every foreign custom in our country.

Flag Reply +3 rate up
1 reply
Anthony dbear4u2 August 14 2014 at 7:39 PM

What?

Flag Reply 0 rate up
dwtomczyk August 14 2014 at 9:48 AM

if yourn dumb enough who am I to say?

Flag Reply +2 rate up
bjredmond64 August 14 2014 at 9:59 AM

another pagon country doing things for no real reason. only one name given under heaven for all men to be saved and that is Yeshua (Jesus the Christ). my heart aches for those who dont know Him.

Flag Reply +1 rate up
3 replies
Chris August 14 2014 at 10:15 AM

Who cares?

Flag Reply +1 rate up
1 reply
Anthony Chris August 14 2014 at 7:41 PM

Obviously you did, but you don't see that do you?

(A copy and paste reply for your copy and paste mentality)

Flag Reply 0 rate up
theomegaman72 August 14 2014 at 9:29 PM

Why is AOL running this story....it takes place in India

Flag Reply +1 rate up
Ken August 15 2014 at 9:48 PM

You'd think they would have FEWER injuries and deaths if the child climbing to the top of the pyramid were YOUNGER. The Mumbai court was nuts to make 18 the minimum age. Most people have reached their adult size and weight by that age. Twelve years (the Supreme Court's ruling) makes more sense.

Flag Reply 0 rate up
stratopunk August 14 2014 at 10:35 AM

Curd should be outlawed!

Flag Reply 0 rate up
aol~~ 1209600

Voting...

More From Our Partners