Jallikattu Festival: Jallikattu is celebrated every year in Tamil Nadu along with the Pongal festival. In this festival, people try to control the bull, which is very dangerous.
Jallikattu Festival: Jallikattu is a traditional sport of Tamil Nadu and has been celebrated here for hundreds of years. Talking about the word Jallikattu, it is derived from Sallikattu, Salli means coin and Kattu means rope bag. That is, Sallikattu means a purse or bag full of coins. This bag is tied on the horn of the bull, after that the bull has to be controlled. This competition is called Jallikattu competition, which has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that this tradition is 2300 years old.
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Why Jallikattu is celebrated in festivals
Jallikattu is celebrated every year around the festival of Pongal. It is specially celebrated in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. It is mainly celebrated in Avaniyapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur. A large number of people come here to see it. This year it will be celebrated in Madurai from January 15 to January 17. In fact, bulls have been used in homes and farms since ancient times. Then whether it is for plowing the land or for pulling the cart, the help of bulls is always taken. Pongal festival is celebrated at the time of harvesting. This is the reason why Jallikattu is also celebrated along with Pongal as the role of animals is considered very important in farming.
Talking about this game, it is played in a small street. Here the soil is first plowed and slightly moistened, the lane is closed by placing stands on both sides. After this the bulls are released in this street for some time and during this time people have to control the bulls. This sport is very dangerous not only for bulls but also for humans, there is a risk of death in it, that is why there is a lot of controversy regarding this sport.
There is a demand to ban it
People have often raised this issue regarding cruelty to animals. Many petitions were filed in the court to ban this game. Different organizations demanded to ban this game. But people support this game citing tradition. Many people have even lost their lives in this game. Between the years 2008 to 204, 43 people have lost their lives in this sport while 4 bulls have also died. The game was banned in the year 2015. But there was a lot of opposition to this ban, after which it was allowed again. People associate it with culture and politicians use it as a vote bank.
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Here is why Jallikattu festival is celebrated with Pongal in Tamil Nadu
Story first published: Friday, January 13, 2023, 11:33 [IST]