Jallikattu Festivals - Tamilnadu
Jallikattu is the typical Tamilians’ festival that falls on the second day of Pongal (January). During this day the cows, bulls and buffalos are given a complete wash, beautified with garlands and are worshipped in the morning. The most welcoming event of this day is the bull taming called Jallikattu in the late afternoons. Don't ever miss a chance to enjoy this exciting sport.
What's so special?
Fear is an obscure word in the dictionary of the Tamilians. Courage and bravery are infused in their blood. Ordinary sports never interest Tamilians, all they need is adventure, thrill and spirit. To show their bravery to the world, even from the alpha of the clan lots of gallantry sports had been practiced. One such ancient valour sport is Jallikattu, which is known by many names such as Erthaluval, Erukol, Manjuviratu, and Madu Pidithal. Eru, Manju, Madu all these three words refer to Ox. This game is exclusively designed to exhibit the pugnacious nature of the Oxen and the peerless valour of the Tamil men who tame them
Agriculture is the backbone of any country. Everyone toil every day and night predominantly for food but other things comes only next to food. If a nation has enough food to feed its people, then it is one of the safest place in the world to reside. Once such safe haven is Tamil Nadu. Agriculture is the culture of Tamil Nadu. When we talk about agriculture, it's not a one man army, it's a crew where both animals and human work together sharing a brotherhood. One of the inseparable partners in agriculture is cattle, to be particular “the Oxen” and humans. Cattle is the pride of a farmer, and he considers every animal in his farm as his own blood. The rich Tamil culture says to revere the cattle as God. This is why every cow is worshipped as Goddess Lakshmi and every ox is revered as God Nandhi. Every Ox, every cock, and every goat is the honour of farmers. How strong and pugnacious these animals are, shows the wealth of a farmer and how well he had fed his animals.
Jallikattu is an adventurous sport of Tamil Nadu, and is a part of Pongal celebration. This sport takes place on the eve of Mattu Pongal (Cow Pongal), in the month of January. This is one of the living ancient sport of Tamil Nadu, and which is celebrated with great fervour in the villages in and around Madurai. The native breed of Tamil Nadu Kangeyam Ox are bred only for this sport. These oxen are very pugnacious and ferocious by nature. Taming these bulls is not an easy task which needs skill, power and strength. So the one who tames these bulls is considered to be the strongest person and is honoured with titles.