Chennai, January 22: Jallikattu finally began in several parts of Tamil Nadu on Sunday, including Tiruchirappalli district, with traditional fervour but still the protest is continued at Alanganallur in Madurai, where people are demanding for the ‘permanent solution’ and refused to hold the cultural sport.
Notably, Jallikattu is conducted in the state after ordinance was promulgated last night by the state government. But, Tamil Nadu CM Paneerselvam has to cancel his visit to Alanganallur from Madurai as protesters did not allow him demanding permanent solution to the Jallikattu issue instead of interim ordinance.
Interestingly, CM Paneerslevam earlier promised that amendment of bill will be introduced and passed in state assembly and also urged people to withdraw their protest. But the ordinance promulgated by Tamil Nadu government allowing Jallikattu has received mixed reactions.
Meanwhile, Protesters did not allow jallikattu to be conducted in Madurai Alanganallur and CM Paneerselvam forced to stay back in Madurai without inaugurating jallikattu. On the other side, in Dindigul Natham Kovilpatti, Salem Koolamedu too protesters did not allow jallikattu to be conducted. However jallikattu was conducted in Pudukottai Rapoosal.
State Minister Dr C Vijayabhaskar inaugurated the Jallikattu in his native village. More than 100 bulls and thousand bull tamers were involved in the jallikattu. People actively participated in the jallikattu as bull tamers clung on humps of raging bulls.
whereas, In Trichy Manaparai jallikattu was held with hundreds of raging bulls Lakhs of protesters demanding lasting solution to jallikattu issue continued to occupy Marina Beach, Tiruchirapalli Combined Court Road near MGR statue, Madurai Tamukkam ground and Alanganallur.
According to sources, two are killed and several are injured till now. Interestingly, Jallikattu is a practice, more than 2000 years old, meant to embrace the bull during the ceremonial procession of Pongal festival. The name Jallikattu is an amalgamation of two words Jalli-Kattu, where 'Jalli' means coin and 'Kattu' meaning package. The event mainly involves young participants, who try to tame a specifically bred bull set free in a designed arena. Participants who try to grab the bull by its horns are bare handed and try forcing the bull to submission. The event also decides the fate of these bulls; all tamed ones will have to relegate domestic and agricultural practices, while the strong ones will be only breeding the cows.