India sets age limit for Krishna birthday pyramids

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India sets age limit for Krishna birthday pyramids
People form a human pyramid as they try to reach an earthen pot filled with curd hung high during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
An Indian visually impaired child breaks a dahi-handi, curd-pot suspended in the air during a celebration at the Victoria School for the Blind in Mumbai on August 9, 2012, on the eve of 'Janmashtami' which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna. Hindu men and boys receive prize money by constructing a human pyramid till the pyramid is tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it. AFP PHOTO/ Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/GettyImages)
People fall down as they try to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People fall down as they try to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People prepare to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People fall down as they try to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People fall down as they try to form a human pyramid during celebrations to mark ‘Janmashtami’ in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian students form a human pyramid to break an earthen pot during the Janmashtami festival in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Janmashtami, which is the birthday of Hindu Lord Krishna, is celebrated all over India on Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian students form a human pyramid to break an earthen pot during the Janmashtami festival, in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Janmashtami, which is the birthday of Hindu Lord Krishna, is celebrated all over India on Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, as part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, as part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Indian boy, on top of a human pyramid, tries to reach the “Dahi Handi,” an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Hindu devotees for a human pyramid to break the “Dahi Handi” an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami festival in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, as part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug 10, 2012. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to break the ‘Dahi Handi’, an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
An Indian youth looks on as they make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
People react as they watch Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
A boy, left, falls as Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
People watch Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break an earthen pot filled with yoghurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with yoghurt as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Indian youth make a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with yoghurt as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna in Mumbai, India, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Hindu devotees fall as they form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Hindu devotees fall as they form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi" an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Colored curd falls out of a "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, after devotees form a human pyramid and break it, an integral part of celebrations to mark Janmashtami in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu God Krishna. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Devotees form a human pyramid to reach a vessel containing butter during celebrations marking "Janmashtami," the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
A devotee, wearing a mask as a preventive measure against swine flu, on the top rung of a human pyramid, reaches out for a vessel containing butter during celebrations marking "Janmashtami," the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Aug. 14, 2009. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Hindu devotees climb on top of each other to form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, as part of festivities to celebrate Janmashthmi, or the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)
Hindu devotees form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, as part of festivities to celebrate Janmashthmi, or the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)
Hindu devotees climb on top of each other to form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi handi", an earthen pot filled with curd hung high, as part of festivities to celebrate Janmashthmi, or the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)
An Indian Hindu breaks a Dahi Handi, an earthen pot-containing yogurt, as part of Janamashtmi festival celebrations in Bombay, India, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003. Youths form a human pyramid to reach the earthen pot suspended above a street and then break it as part of a tradition. Janamashtmi, celebrated across India, is the birth anniversary of Hindu god Krishna. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Local youth form a human pyramid to reach and break a 'Dahi Handi', an earthen pot filled with yogurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of Hindu God Krishna, in Bombay, India, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004. The pot is broken as depiction of Krishna's boyhood antics. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)
Crowds watch as devotees of Hindu God Krishna make a human pyramid to break a 'Dahi Handi', an earthen pot filled with yogurt, hung from 40 feet, during the birthday celebrations of Krishna, in Bombay, India, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. The devotees form a human pyramid in an effort to break the pot and claim the prize money, in a tribute to Krishna's love for curd. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)
People cheer as a devotee of Hindu God Krishna standing atop a human pyramid breaks a 'Dahi Handi', an earthen pot filled with yogurt, hung from 40 feet, during the birthday celebrations of Krishna, in Bombay, India, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006. The devotees form a human pyramid in an effort to break the pot and claim the prize money, in a tribute to Krishna's love for curd. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)
Raju Mohite, a twelve-year-old child is drenched with water as he breaks an earthen pot, balancing himself atop a three-tier human pyramid, in Bombay, Monday August 25, 1997. Youngsters formed pyramids all over Bombay to take part in the traditional pot breaking competitions. Pot breaking is a part of the celebrations on the birthday of the Hindu God, Krishna. According to religious scriptures, the supreme being took the form of Krishna to rid the earth of its evils, and the act of pot breaking emulates Krishna's habit of stealing butter from earthen pots hung from ceilings. (AP Photo/Sherwin Crasto)
MUMBAI, INDIA AUGUST 29: Enthusiastic 'Govindas' form human pyramids to break 'dahi handis', as they celebrated Janmashtami, the 5,239th birthday of one of Lord Vishnu's avatars.(Photo by Mandar Deodhar/India Today Group/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - AUGUST 29: A Govinda pose before they formed human pyramid to break the dahi-handi, curd-pot, during celebrations of Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna at jambori Maidan, Worli on August 29, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Members of the Castellers, a Spanish cultural and sporting association whose main objective is to build castells (human towers), perform a demonstration in front of the landmark Gateway of India in Mumbai on August 28, 2013. The troupe are in the country by invitation and and will take part August 29 in breaking dahi-handi (curd-pots) suspended in the air, a ritual performed during the Janmashtami Hindu festival which marks the birth of the Hindu god Lord Krishna. AFP PHOTO/ Indranil MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
Visually impaired children and their teachers support each other as they form a human pyramid during the 'dahi-handi' celebration ahead of Janmashtami, the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna in Mumbai on August 20, 2011. During the 'dahi-handi' ceremony, a large earthenware pot filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits is suspended from a height between 20 to 40 feet. Sporting young men and boys come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid by standing on each other's shoulders till the pyramid is tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it. Normally, currency notes are tied to the rope by which the pot is suspended and this prize money is distributed among those who participate in the pyramid building. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
A visually impaired child breaks the 'dahi-handi' (curd-pot) during a celebration at the Victoria School for the Blind in Mumbai on September 1, 2010, on the eve of 'Janmashtami' which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna. Scores of Hindu devotees of Lord Krishna take part in the dahi-handi celebrations during which a large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and is suspended from a height of between 20 to 40 feet. Sporting young men and boys come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid till the pyramid is tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it. Normally, currency notes are tied to the rope by which the pot is suspended and this prize money is distributed among those who participate in the pyramid building. AFP PHOTO/ Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA: A man stands behind a poster of Lord Krishna as he watches Indian men form a human pyramid during a 'dahi-handi' (curd-pot) contest in Mumbai, 16 August 2006 on 'Janmashtami' which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna. Scores of Hindu devotees of Lord Krishna partake in the dahi-handi celebration during which a large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and suspended from a height of between 20 to 40 feet. Sporting young men and boys come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid till the pyramid is tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it. Normally, currency notes are tied to the rope by which the pot is suspended and this prize money is distributed among those who participate in the pyramid building. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)
A human pyramid collapses as it fail to break a pot of curd to celebrate the Indian festival of Gokulashtami in central Bombay, 20 August 2003. Indian youngsters form human pyramids and break a string of such pots containing curd in different areas of Bombay to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the most popular gods in India. AFP PHOTO/Vikas KHOT (Photo credit should read VIKAS KHOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian Festival Janmashtami Lord Krishna Birthday Celebrated By Human Pyramid Breaking Pot Of Curd. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
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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.

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Hindu Religious Beliefs
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