2022 Pongal kicks off with bull-taming in TN:first jallikattu began in pudukottai

Jallikattu started this morning at Thatchankurichi near Gandarvakottai in Pudukkottai district. The Jallikattu event was flagged off by Tamil Nadu Law Minister Raghupathi. The event was attended by District Collector Kavitha Ramu, Officer-in-Charge KK Chella Pandian, Pudukkottai MLA Y. Muthuraja, Gandarvakottai MLA M. Chinnathurai, other executives and government officials. This is the first Jallikattu competition to be held in Tamil Nadu this year (2022).
Bull tamers from Pudukkottai district, Trichy and surrounding areas came and registered their names with interest. They were issued a certificate of verification of the two doses of corona vaccine and a certificate of RT PCR test. Similarly, bulls were registered by their owners and issued tokens. Authorities have taken steps to hold the jallikattu as per Government guidelines. About 300 tamers have taken part in today’s jallikattu, in which 700 bulls participated.
The participants bravely tamed the raging bulls and knocked over the prizes. The well-known Alanganallur Jallikattu Competition is scheduled for January 17 instead of January 16 due to the full curfew on Sunday. Minister P. Murthy, District Collector Anish Sekhar, IG(South) Anbu, SP Baskaran, Madurai Range DIG Ponni and Assistant Director of Municipalities Sethuraman inspected the arrangements made in Alanganallur.
Prizes worth crores of rupees will be given every year to the bulls participating in the Alanganallur Jallikattu. According to the organisers, all the bulls participating in this year’s competition will be given a gold coin and a dhoti to encourage the bull owners to participate.
The bulls that have already competed in the past will be given 15 types of prizes. Bull owners are excited that gold is being offered along with cash. No announcement has been made yet about the gift items to be given to the best player and the bull.
Minister P. Murthy told reporters that the Government of Tamil Nadu has taken steps to ensure that the traditions and culture of the Tamils ​​are not compromised during this epidemic. Although various restrictions are in place to allow spectators to prevent the spread of infection, the events are organised in such a way so that the spirit of the festival is not hindered. People can also watch the event live on television.”

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