Traditional Bull-Taming Sports ‘Jallikattu’ Draws Hundreds in Southern India

Updated: 11:50 GMT, Jan 16, 2018 | Published: 11:50 GMT, Jan 16, 2018 |

Hundreds of people in southern Tamil Nadu state took part in ‘Jallikattu’, a traditional bull-taming sport, on Tuesday (January 16) as part of ‘Pongal’ – a harvest festival – celebrations.

In Madurai, people came out in large numbers to take part in the sport. Garlanded bulls, with vermillion marks on their heads, ran amuck and were chased participants amid loud cheers and whistling by spectators.

State chief, Edappadi K. Palaniswami and deputy chief O. Panneerselvam flagged off the event.

Thousands of people gathered to witness courageous men risking their lives as they tame decorated bulls. A tourist, Moammad Asim, said that it was fantastic and they enjoyed it.

Last year, the state unanimously passed an amendment bill clearing the path to conduct the sport, which was outlawed by India’s Supreme Court in 2014, stating it as cruel.

‘Jallikattu’ is played across Tamil Nadu, predominantly in Madurai, as part of Pongal celebrations that last for three days.

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