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Travails of a tourist at Jallikattu!

Author : Balakumar Somu, balasomu@jallikattu.in, Phone: 9003368489

Seeing the live telecast of Jallikattu on TV for the past few years, I yearned to go and see the real action. I arrived at Avaniyapuram, Madurai, with my 9 year old son, Adityan, in tow. I had also brought my friend and his two teen-age sons who had recently come back from the US. All the way from Coimbatore to Madurai, I raved about the wonderful experience that I had during the Jallikattu that I had attended about two decades back. 

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Welcome to the World of Jallikattu !

Welcome to the World of Jallikattu, the traditional sport of Tamilnadu.

Madukathan Mani is the bull tamer here !
Modakathan Mani is the bull tamer here !

Jallikattu (Tamil: சல்லிகட்டு, callikaṭṭtu) or, the Old Tamil phrases eruthazhuvuthal (Tamil: ஏறுதழுவல், ērutazhuval) or manju viraṭṭu (Tamil: மஞ்சு விரட்டு), is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations onMattu Pongal day.

Annually, jallikattu is held from January to July, played first in Palamedu, near Madurai on January 15 followed by the world-famous “Alanganallur-jallikattu” in Alanganallur, near Madurai on 16 January. There is a specific breed of cattle bred for this purpose known as Jellicut and from the place of a big breeder Pulikulam (புலிகுளம், pulikuḷam).

Source and credits : Wikipedia