Jallikattu to Be Held in Tamil Nadu's Palamedu Today Amid Fanfare, 700 Bulls to Participate This Year; Watch Video
Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu (Photo Credits: IANS)

Chennai, January 16: As many as 700 bulls will be participating in Jallikattu competitions in Tamil Nadu's Palamedu on Wednesday. The competition for the annual bull-taming event commenced on January 15 and will continue till January 31 in several parts of the southern state. The event kick-started on Wednesday amid great fanfare where a total of 641 bulls and 607 tamers took part in the annual event. On Wednesday, the southern state celebrated Pongal, a major harvest festival with traditional fervour.

On Wednesday, the Jallikattu at Avaniapuram marked the start of the once a year bull taming sport in many rural and semi-urban regions of Tamil Nadu. Similar events will be held at Palamedu on Thursday and in Alanganallur on January 17. These are among the hugely popular bull taming contests in the state. According to reports, 62 men were injured, including 34 participants and 28 spectators.  However, no bull was injured. Those Below 21 Won't Be Allowed to Participate in Jallikattu: Madurai District Collector.

Here's the Video:

As the feisty bulls, one after the other started racing towards the lengthy sporting arena from the entrance, known as 'vadivasal'. During Jallikattu, hundreds of spectators gathered to have a glimpse of determined men trying to get the better of the animals in a matter of seconds as soon as they were released into the arena.