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As Pongal Approaches, Madurai Bull Trainers Gear Up



Jallikattu: Ahead of Pongal, bull trainers begin preparations in Madurai

Madurai, Tamil Nadu:

Jallikattu, a well-liked bull-taming sport held throughout Pongal is approaching. Bull trainers in Madurai have began gearing up for Jallikattu. The means of registration for the bull combating occasion begins 10 days upfront, with medical check-up for each the bulls and Jallikattu cattle gamers. The Tamil Nadu authorities granted permission to carry the normal however controversial sport with sure restrictions final week. The occasion is about to be held in Madurai and the encircling villages from January 15 to 17.

According to the federal government’s directive, the variety of gamers can’t be greater than 150 at an occasion and COVID-19 damaging certificates are obligatory for the gamers. The variety of spectators has additionally been restricted to 50 per cent of the gathering.

Jallikattu requires the bull fighters to pounce on a working bull and transfer together with the animal with out falling. Bull fighters have to be very alert, fast and powerful because the bulls attempt to get away and shake off the fighter. There have been many situations when the bull fighters have been badly injured.

The bulls are educated via an intensive course of referred to as mann kuthal, the place the animals develop their abilities by digging their horns within the moist earth.


One of the preferred websites for Jallikattu is the Alanganallur village in Madurai, which receives vacationers from everywhere in the world. Bull coach Nivathan and his household have been elevating 5 Jallikattu bulls, particularly for the competition. “I take the bulls out to train twice a day, one in the morning, and one in the evening. The festival will be held next week,” Nivathan informed information company ANI.

The Supreme Court in 2014 had banned Jallikattu after a plea was filed by the Animal Welfare Board of India and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The state authorities had argued that Jallikattu was a vital a part of the state’s tradition and id. The ban was later lifted in January 2017. The legislation was amended after huge protests in Chennai.

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