Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport that just got underway in the Madurai district’s Palamedu
The bull-taming sport is famous in many countries. Thus, on the day of Mattu Pongal, a bull is frequently let loose among the spectators in this traditional Pongal celebration. Later, participants attempt to control the bull by clinging to its hump for as long as possible for the sake of the sport.
This unique sport is conducted throughout the state, at places including Avaniyapuram, Palamedu, and Alanganallur. Thus, people have already participated online. Thus, 5,399 tamers and nearly 9,690 bulls have registered online to compete in the Jallikattu this year.
The District Collector, Aneesh Shekhar, gave standard instructions for the Jallikattu event to limit the spread of COVID-19. Thus, the Palamedu Jallikattu competition only allows 300 bull tamers and 150 spectators.
For the population, the sport is a traditional method of maintaining pure-bred native bulls. Cattle breeding is currently a synthetic procedure. The male animals, which are otherwise exclusively utilized for meat, are best protected, according to conservationists, by Jallikattu.
As a sport, Jallikattu is known as Kambala in Karnataka. Thus, a law was also approved by the Karnataka government to preserve the sport. However, the sport is prohibited in all states other than Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, including Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra.