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.
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).