Jallikattu, being the most controversial sport of the Tamil Nadu was once again in action on January 14, i.e. on the day of Makar Sankranti or Pongal in the south. Being the huge revolt that was in existence in the year 2017 witnessed the rampage this year too. Recently, we have an update from the sources that there have more than 50 injured in the sport till now across the state.
The sport is no doubt the most controversial sport of the TN state. There are many life taking moments which are included in this sport. Bos bulls are breaded in such a away that they are fit for the sport. In the year 2017, thousands of protesters gathered at the Marina beach for protesting against the law.
The game originated long ago in the state of Tamil Nadu and the people believe that it is religiously connected to the god. It is very deeply connected with the state as it is said to be originated 2,300 years ago.
Jallikattu is the colloquial corruption of the word ‘Sallikkattu’. Sallie means coins. And Kattu is the string bag that’s still popular in villages in south India today. It refers the bag of coins tied to the horns of the bull, which contestants had to get hold of. Or at least try. The sport was also called Yaeru Thazhuvuthal, which means, hugging the bull.
With stands on each side and a narrow pathway softened with ploughed earth. The bull is allowed to run from the ‘Vaadivaasal’, an opening or arch through the passageway where contestants try to hug the bull from the flanks and hold on to it for a few seconds.
The sport faced a lot of backlogs due the security reasons of the animals by many of the animal saving organisations. The game has claimed a lot of lives of both animals as well as humans. In the span from 2008-2014, 43 humans and 5 bulls have died in the participation of the sport.
The sport is again a legal sport in the state of Tamil Nadu which is due to the protesters that gathered at the Marina beach in Chennai. It was again played in the state on the day of Pongal or Makar Sankranti.