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Jallikattu Bull Festival

Jallikattu, an ancient and adrenaline-pumping bull-taming sport, is deeply embedded in the cultural fabric of Tamil Nadu, and the city of Madurai stands as a testament to the fervor with which this tradition is celebrated. Jallikattu, also known as Eruthazhuvuthal or Manju Virattu, typically takes place during the Pongal festival, which marks the harvest season in mid-January.

Madurai, with its historical significance and vibrant traditions, transforms into a hub of excitement during the Jallikattu festival. The main venue for this thrilling event is the Avaniyapuram Jallikattu Arena, where participants and spectators gather in large numbers to witness the heart-stopping spectacle.

The origins of Jallikattu can be traced back thousands of years, and it holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Tamil Nadu. It is not just a sport but a cultural phenomenon that reflects the deep connection between humans and animals, particularly the sacred bull. The festival is a celebration of bravery, strength, and the enduring bond between the rural communities and their prized bulls.

  • Jallikattu is celebrated on the third day of Pongal – Mattu Pongal Day.
  • The event will be held for three days. On the first-day, Jallikattu will be held in Avaniyapuram, on second day in Palamedu and on the third day in Alanganallur.

The festival begins with the ceremonial offering of prayers to Lord Karuppannaswamy, the presiding deity of Jallikattu, seeking blessings for a safe and successful event. The atmosphere is charged with anticipation as skilled and daring participants, known as "variyans," prepare to face the mighty bulls in the arena. The bulls, adorned with colorful garlands, are treated with reverence and considered symbolic representations of divine energy.