30 hurt in Madurai bull-taming sport
January 16 2020 12:33 AM
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A villager tries to control a bull during a bull-taming festival on the outskirts of Madurai yesterday.

IANS/Chennai

At least 30 people were injured in the bull taming sport of Jallikattu in Madurai district in Tamil Nadu yesterday, reports said.
The traditional Jallikattu is part of the Pongal festival celebrations in the state.
Jallikattu was held in Avaniyapuram in Madurai in which about 700 bulls and about 730 bull tamers participated.
A bull tamer has to hang on the bull’s hump for some minutes in order to claim the prize that ranges between gold and silver coins, household articles, and consumer durables.
Tamil Nadu celebrated harvest Pongal festival thanking the rain and sun gods and farm animals on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai.
Across the state people woke up early, put on new clothes and offered special prayers at temples.
The Pongal festivities take place over four days - the first day is Bhogi, which was on Tuesday, when people burn their old clothes, mats and other items. Homes are painted afresh.
The second day is the main Pongal festival, celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month Thai.
The third day is the Mattu Pongal when bulls and cows are bathed and their horns painted and worshipped as they play an important role in farms.
Women feed birds with coloured rice and pray for the welfare of their brothers. The fourth day is the Kannum Pongal - the day to go out and meet relatives and friends, and go sightseeing.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has dismissed a petition which sought a stay on on Jallikattu.
The court was hearing a plea against a Madras High Court order allowing the sport to be held in some regions under the supervision of monitoring committees.



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