Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates and Time, Calendar 2017

Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates and Time Calendar 2017 - Thiruvannamalai Girivalam Calendar 2017

Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates – Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple – Annamalaiyar Temple Thiruvannamalai – Tiruvannamalai Temple

Tiruvannamalai Temple – Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates and Time, Calendar 2017

MonthDayGirivalam Start TimeGirivalam End Time
12-01-2017Thu11-01 07.58 PM12-01 06:11 PM
10-02-2017Fri10-02 08:02 AM11-02 06:58 AM
12-03-2017Sun11-03 08.56 PM12-03 08.50 PM
11-04-2017Tue10-04 10.53 AM11-04 11.47 AM
10-05-2017Wed10-05 01.46 AM11-05 03.27 AM
09-06-2017Fri08-06 05.24 PM09-06 07.31 PM
09-07-2017Sun08-07 08.45 AM09-07 10.26 AM
07-08-2017Mon06-08 11.32 PM07-08 11.55 PM
06-09-2017Wed05-09 01.01 AM06-09 01.03 AM
05-10-2017Thu04-10 01.35 AM05-10 12.40 AM
04-11-2017Sat03-11 01.20 AM04-11 11.40 AM
03-12-2017Sun02-12 11.45 AM03-12 10.23 PM

Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Calendar 2017, Thiruvannamalai Girivalam Dates Time 2017, Girivalam Today, Girivalam 2017 Dates and Timings

Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017 to 2018

Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017 to 2018

Sri Sabarimala Ayyappa Swamy Temple Opening and Closing Dates and Time 2017 – 2018

Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates

MonthPoojaOpening DateClosing DateOpening Time
JanuaryMakaravilakku Day14/01/2017
FebruaryMonthly Pooja – Kumbham12/02/201717/02/20175 PM - 10 PM
MarchMonthly Pooja – Meenam14/03/201719/03/20175 PM - 10 PM
Sabarimala Utsavam30/03/201709/04/20175 PM - 10 PM
Kodiyettu31/03/2017
Painkuni Uthram (Ayyappan Nakshatra Birth Date) & Arattu09/04/2017
AprilMeda Vishu Festival10/04/201718/04/20175 PM - 10 PM
Vishu14/04/2017
MayMonthly Pooja – Edavam14/05/201719/05/20175 PM - 10 PM
JuneIdol Installation Pooja03/06/201704/6/20175 PM - 10 PM
Idol Installation Day04/06/2017
Monthly Pooja – Midhunam14/06/201719/06/20175 PM - 10 PM
JulyMonthly Pooja – Karkkidakam16/07/201721/07/20175 PM - 10 PM
AugustMonthly Pooja – Chingam16/08/201721/08/20175 PM - 10 PM
SeptemberOnam Pooja02/09/201706/09/20175 PM - 10 PM
Onam Day04/09/2017
Monthly Pooja – Kanni16/09/201721/09/20175 PM - 10 PM
OctoberMonthly Pooja – Thulam16/10/201721/10/20175 PM - 10 PM
Sree Chithra Atta Thirunal18/10/201719/10/20175 PM - 10 PM
NovemberMandala Pooja Maholsavam15/11/201726/12/20175 PM - 10 PM
Madala Pooja26/12/2017
DecemberThirunada opens for Makaravilakku30/12/201720-01-20185 PM - 7 AM
January 2018Makaravilakku Day14/01/2018

Sabarimala Opening Dates 2017, Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017, Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017 to 2018, Sabarimala Temple Opening Dates 2017 – 2018

SooraSamharam SuraSamharam – Festival of Lord Murugan Famous at Tiruchendur

SooraSamharam SuraSamharam – Festival of Lord Murugan Famous at Tiruchendur

SuraSamharam aka SooraSamharam – Famous Festival of Lord Murugan

Soorasamharam is a ritual practice followed in Thiruchendur which interprets the killing of Asuras by Lord Murugan. ‘Sooran’ is the name of the demon and ‘Samharam’ refers to the act of killing. Generally, this practice is performed in Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka and in some Murugan temples of Kerala. According to the history, this festival has been grandly celebrated in Thiruvannur Subramanya Swami temple in Kozhikode, Kerala for more than a century. Sooranpada is the name by which they call Soorasamharam in Kerala.

History of Soorasamhaaram (Sura Samharam Story )

Soorasamharam was celebrated according to Tamil Calendar and this year it falls on November 5. This divine act known as Soorasamharam is conducted on the account of Lord Muruga beheading Soorapadman with his ‘Vel’. On the day, devotees enjoy the victory of good over evil. The very next day, Thirukalyanam will be performed which portrays the divine marriage of Lord Muruga and Devasena. These are the acts which are taken from the Kandhapuranam.

According to Skanda Purana, the Surapadma has a battle of demons under his control. Two of the demons namely Simhamukha and Tarakasura were sued by the Devas. They continued harassing the human and committed Adharma everywhere. Lord Brahma, the demigods, and humans prayed to Lord Shiva to come forward and put a full stop to the demons. At that time, Lord Muruga was born to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Murugan was very powerful and was a great commander for all the Devas. He was so brave and destroys people who do adharma.

In the same way, Lord Muruga came to battle with the demons. The fight took place continuously for six days. It is not that Lord Muruga was not powerful to kill him at that instant. Everything happens only at the assigned time. Likewise, it happened and Lord Muruga killed all the demons and assistants of Padmasura. On the last day, serious and a long fight took place between Muruga and Soorapadman. Ultimately, Lord Murugan pierced Surapadman’s body with his weapon (Vel). Then also, he didn’t die completely.

Surapadma transformed himself into a big mango tree. He thought himself to be too brilliant. But, of course, what happened was not a surprise. Lord Muruga broke the trees into two pieces with his powerful weapon. The two pieces then changed into a peacock and cock. Lord Muruga sat back on the peacock ( his vahana or vehicle ) and he gave a place for the cock on his banner. This event is popularly known as Soorasamharam.

Celebration of Soorasamharam ( Kandha Sasti Kavasam )

In Tamil Nadu, Soorasamhaaram is a festival celebrated every year by a large number of devotees. The state government and Indian Railways ply special buses and trains to facilitate people in traveling to the temple. The Sooranporu was based on the story of Murugan as given in Kandhapuranam. A few days before commencing Soorasamharam, the skandhapuranam is narrated in the temple.

Soorasamhaaram is preceded by several procedures before the ending of Kanda Sashti festival. Specific Poojas will be conducted and Lord Murugan is ritually anointed (abhishekam). The devotees seek the deity’s Darshan. In some parts of Tamil Nadu, women do fasting for six days and they break at the end of the Soorasamhaaram. In Palani, Lord Murugan is taken down for a procession from the hill temple to the main road before the festival. Kanda Shasti is the sixth day from new moon day. These are the Poojas which will be conducted on the account of Kanda Sasti festival.

Thiruchendur Yaga Salai Pooja

During this season devotees get crowded in almost all the Lord Murugan’s temples and especially high number at the seashore temple in Thiruchendur. The function will begin with yaga salai puja and to initiate the function, a sacred flag will be hoisted in many places. The following event will be kappu kattuthal or sacred thread tying practice. Generally, the Priests will be doing the tying activity to all the devotees after having done with the pooja. Devotees with kappu in hand need to stay in the temple until the end of the festival.

Kandha Sasti Fasting

A lot of devotees especially women will observe fasts during the six days. You can take fruits alone, or some milk and liquid foods, and even some take one meal per day. It all depends on a devotee’s choice. There are possibilities that some devotees will fast only for the single day that too on the sixth day.

Many spiritual lectures will be taking place for day and night in temples. Reading of Kanda Puranam, chanting the hymns of Murugan will happen. Mainly Kanda Sasti Kavacham will be chanted on all six days. Special Poojas along with abhishekam, archanai, and deeparadhanai will be done on a daily basis. In some temples, Laksarchanai will also be conducted to Muruga.

Skandha Puranam and Soorasamharam

Skandha Puranam will be chanted by the devotees during the Poojas. The festival clearly gives a picture of killing the four Asuras Anamughan, Panumughan, Simhamughan, and Soorapadman. The last one to be killed is the Soorapadman or Padmasura. The Asuras are decapitated by Lord Murugan using his Vel (Weapon) which looks like a kind of spear or javelin.Before starting all this, the vel is consecrated and the ceremony takes place like Lord Murugan placing vel on Padmasura’s head and thereby it falls off on the ground. Soorasamhaaram is performed at the last week of Kanda Sashti festival.

Significance of Soorasamharam – Victory of Good over Evil

Soorasamharam own a peculiar religious significance, especially for Tamilians. The awesomeness of this day is cleared mentioned in Hindu scripture of ‘Skanda Puranam’. It is essential for every Hindu-Tamilian to visit the temple and get the Lord’s blessings. Every participant in the festival will find the enjoyment in the celebration. That, in turn, will automatically make you attend the function every year. It will be a real treat and pleasure for people to see all this. The only thing is the crowd which can cause some inconvenience. But, keeping Lord Muruga in mind, all the pains will disappear. Do visit this wonderful place of Thiruchendur Murugan temple which is one of the six abodes of Murugan.

Thai Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu – Tamilar Thirunal Tamil Harvest Festival

Thai Pongal 2017 - Tamil Harvest Festival 2017 - Ulavar Thirunal 2017 - Tamilar Thirunal 2017 - Pongal Celebrations

Thai Pongal 2017 – Tamil Harvest Festival 2017 – Ulavar Thirunal 2017 – Tamilar Thirunal 2017 – Pongal Celebrations

FestivalDate
Pogi Pongal13-01-2017
Thai Pongal14-01-2017
Mattu Pongal15-01-2017
Kaanum Pongal16-01-2017

Tamil People’s Traditional Harvest Festival  – Tamilar Thirunal Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu

Thai Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu - Tamilar Thirunal Tamil People's Traditional Harvest Festival

Pongal is a Tamil people’s traditional festival celebrated by Hindus for annual harvest in Tamil Nadu. Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu is preceded by worshiping Sun god with utmost reverence and thankfulness. In precise Pongal is rejoiced for the agricultural profusion offered by god during one full year. Pongal literally means ‘overflow’ in Tamil which symbolizes the overflow of wealth, joy, and prosperity within a family. Pongal is a 4-day cultural and traditional festival of Tamil people celebrated from last day of Tamil month Margazhi to the first three days of Tamil month Thai. Each day of Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu has its own historic and cultural importance. Copious happiness along with strong family bonding is developed with this event. Pongal is mostly celebrated by the Tamil people of Tamil Nadu and hence also called as ‘Tamizhar Thirunaal’ meaning Tamil people’s traditional festival.

Significance of Pongal Celebrations in Tamil Nadu

Every festival has its own significance and history. Of that Pongal is a festival of Sangam age. Pongal festival is celebrated for four days. All the four days are celebrated with immense joy and pleasure all around. Margazhikolam is the specialty in houses during Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu. Kolam is nothing but different patterns drawn using rice flour and colored in front of the gate or in portigo. Houses are cleaned and whitewashed to welcome the Goddess of wealth during the festive time. It is one of the famous tradition and culture followed by Tamil people in Tamil Nadu. In the top of the front doors mango leaves and turmeric are hanged as a part of traditional practice.Doors are decorated with turmeric and Kumkumam. These are the sequences followed by Tamil people in the Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu.

Thai Pongal Festival Days

The four different days of the Pongal festival include

  • Bhogi
  • Thai Pongal
  • Maatu Pongal
  • Kaanum Pongal

Pongal Bhogi Festival

Bhogi is the first day of Pongal which is on last day of the Tamil month Margazhi. Bhogi is dedicated to Lord Indra for the blessing of abundant rain. Lord Indra is the God of the sky and precious rains. Tamil Devotees offer veneration to god by presenting sweets and foods before god. Bhogi is celebrated with a concept – ‘dispose old possessions to welcome new comings’. On this day people used to burn their old belongings in the daybreak. It is believed that this will erase the bad happenings thereby create a new beginning of blissfulness into one’s life. Along with that burn flames, Tamil people used to dance as a part of Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu to express their contentment.

Thai Pongal

Thai is the tenth month of Tamil calendar. It falls either on 13th or 15th of January on a regular basis. Pongal is a holy festival celebrated on the first day of this month and hence termed as Thai Pongal. This day marks the second day of Pongal ceremony. Pongal is the name of the Tamil people’s food which is prepared during the Pongal days.

Preparation and serving of Pongal (food)

The Pongal cuisine is cooked in a small earthen pot with ginger and turmeric wound around the pot. The first harvested paddy is used for cooking rice. Rice along with jaggery, cashews, cardamom, etc are mixed and boiled in rice to get the delicious Pongal. The recipes of Pongal celebration will be overflowing out of the pots which signify a good sign of growth. When it overflows people used to scream ‘Pongalo Pongal’ to express their happiness.
Two types of Pongal are prepared namely Venn Pongal and Sweet Pongal which are made my Tamil people during the Pongal celebration. Food preparation is made in front of the sunlight and dedicated to the Sun god. Hence Thai Pongal is also known as Surya Pongal. On both the sides of the god sugarcanes are kept which is the essential portion of the festival. Only after offering prayers to god foods are tasted by the devotees. Tamil Folks of Tamil Nadu wear new traditional clothes and go to temples in the morning in reverence to god.

Maatu Pongal – Bull Pongal – Cow Pongal

Maatu Pongal (Festival of Cows) falls on the second day of Thai month. As the name indicates Maatu Pongal means ‘Pongal festival of cows’. Cows are decorated in a grand manner as well as their horns are painted in Tamil people’s houses. Garlands made of flowers, colorful beads and leaves are worn around the Cow’s head. Even loud sound bells are tied to the rope of cows to generate more rings. Those who are having cows will do this on a yearly basis. After all that decorations they are worshiped by lighting a lamp in front of their legs as a part of Pongal celebration. The customs are followed to show their gratitude by proffering chow to the cows which sacrifice a lot for human beings. Following that in the evening, cows are taken out for a round in their respective towns or villages of Tamil Nadu to show off delight. This marks the end of the Pongal celebration of this day in Tamil Nadu.

Jallikattu & its Importance on Maatu Pongal

Jallikattu or Sallikattu is the traditional game of Dravidian played in Tamil Nadu. “Salli” means coins and “Kattu” means “to tie”. Together it means tieing coins to the bull’s horns. The Bullfighter needs to embrace the bull for a particular distance and take the coins to win the award prize. “Maatu Pongal” stands to be the cultural festival of praising cattle. Hence, in many places of Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu events will be conducted as a part of the celebration.The most famous one is the Alanganallur Jallikattu near Madurai. It is one of the renowned sports of ancient Tamil Nadu that prevailed for years together. But, it was banned by the Supreme Court recently according to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. This was the most unexpected action taken by the Government of India. As a true Tamil blood, we need to strive hard in some possible way to bring back Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

Kaanum Pongal or Uzhavar Thirunal

Last day of the Pongal celebration is known as Kaanum Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Kaanum means ‘to visit’ which means to visit their relatives’ houses and go outing with them. That is, there exists a get-together of different family members residing at various places. Apart from the above, there will be many gift exchanges among the societal members to celebrate Tamil people’s traditional festival. The gifts include food, clothes and household items which are useful. All the picnic spots and tourist places will be filled by hundreds of thousands of people. An added beauty of the Pongal celebration in Tamil Nadu is that Tamil people’s game play activities like Jallikattu, Gummi, Kabaddi and other village sports.These games are played only by the Tamil people to celebrate their traditional festival of Pongal.

Pongal – A Cultural Festival dedicated to Farmers

Pongal or Thai Pongal is a traditional festival of Tamils which falls on January 14, 2017, this year. Pongal means “overflowing” and this festival is celebrated so as to bring about overflowing happiness in life for the forthcoming years. Pongal is called to be the festival of farmers since this is the period of Harvest too. Also, Pongal is one big festival which brings not only joy but also harmony to our family. All the farmers will cook their first harvested rice and present before the Sun God. It is also celebrated to be the thanksgiving event for Mother nature. On the whole, the four-day festival Pongal is a traditional festival filled with cultural heritage. Let’s celebrate this holy festival of Pongal with bonds of love and Thanksgiving. With that note, I wish you all to have a very Happy and Prosperous Pongal this year.

Jallikattu, Sallikattu, Eruthaluvuthal, Manju Virattu – Traditional Game of Taming Bulls

Jallikattu Sallikattu Manju Virattu Yeruthazhuvuthal Yerukol Madu Pidithal Pollerudhu Pidithal - Traditional Game of Taming Bulls

Jallikattu aka Sallikattu, Eruthaluvuthal, Manju Virattu – Traditional Game of Taming Bulls

A crucial issue which is creating an unexpected protest in recent years is Jallikattu, a traditional game of Tamil Nadu People. Jallikattu or Bullfighting or Bull taming is played with Bulls (“Kaalai” in Tamil) and stands to be an important ancient sports act for many centuries. At present, Jallikattu is not happening in Tamil Nadu and is banned by the Supreme Court. All this happened for the safety and security of Dravidian People. But, the ban of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu is not welcomed by Tamil People. A serious step towards bringing back our traditional game is continuously happening here and there in Tamil Nadu. Herewith, Dravidian explains about Jallikattu, the proud history, the story of banning Jallikattu, and finally the appeal against the banning. I hope so the forthcoming words will surely give you a good knowledge of Jallikattu and make you realize the importance and support our traditional play.

Jallikattu, Sallikattu, Manju Virattu - Traditional Game of Taming Bulls

History of Jallikattu – The Story of Origin

Jallikattu is a traditional and oldest cattle game played in Tamil Nadu. It is played by men so as to show off their manliness. The name “Jallikattu” is derived from the word “calli kacu” meaning ‘coins’ and “kattu” means a strong tie to the bulls’ horns in Tamil. Let us now see a detailed note on how Jallikattu came into existence and the procedure followed in our ancient period.

In medieval times, this play was popular among the Forest region (“Mulai” in Tamil) and it is personally related to the Bishops’ marriages. Even though Jallikattu was the proud game of Mulai region people, it was played with a keen interest in Madurai of Tamil Nadu. Jallikattu was celebrated as a cultural festival for commemorating the heroic spirit of Dravidian. In Sangam literature, all the specialties and facts about Jallikattu are clearly defined. In Kalithogai, an ancient Tamil book featuring the forest regions, Jallikattu was mentioned in many songs. The People of Kurinji land (Land of Hills) and Mullai land (Land of Forests) used to cheerfully conduct bullfight with their respective oxen. This symbolizes the fight between the two groups of people. The winning bull will give victory and Happiness to its respective land people.

Marriage Promise by the bishops

On the day before or on the day of the Bullfight, an event called “Kuravaikuthu” will be carried out. The event is conducted to appreciate or encourage the bullfighter by singing songs. If the event happens a day before Jallikattu, women will sing encouraging songs so as to win the game. If not, Kuravaikuthu will be performed in the evening. This time, women will sing songs to praise the victory. During Jallikattu, strong and powerful men will climb on top or make moves to get control of the bull. The man who wins the game will be married to a girl wearing jasmine on her hair. They believe that the masculinity of man can be finely interpreted through this game. The game play Jallikattu is said to be in practice since 2000 years ago. But it is believed that it must have come to appearance long before thousands of years. Bishops wearing a garland of flowers like Jasmine, Malabar Glory Lily will make a promise to everyone. According to the promise, their daughter should get married to the winner of Jallikattu. Following that, the bishops will sharpen the horns of the bull like the weapon of Lord Shiva. After that, the bulls will be taken to the ground to commence the program. The women whose fathers have promised will be made to stand or sit in order for watching the event.

Bullfighting and its consequences

Before starting with Jallikattu, the participants will pray to god for good results. Everybody will be made ready and the slot will be open. The bull enters with a great force. Anybody can get hold of the bull from any side. Most people climb and take control of the bull. While doing that, there are chances for the bull to tear the skin of the person. Even many deaths have occurred as a consequence of the happening.

In spite of having so many risks in this play, it is considered as our heroic play amongst Dravidians. A man who doesn’t win Jallikattu cannot be allowed to marry any bishop lady. So, the Tamils consider this game to be an ethnic symbol of their tradition. Although the play happened with several changes in terms of people and social conditions, there is no doubt that it depends on the culture.

The Meaning and Unknown facts of Jallikattu (Taming of Bulls)

“Jallikattu” is a bull taming game played in Tamil Nadu on the day of “Maatu Pongal”. It is mainly held in the Tamil Nadu villages as a cultural event. Every year, the festivals of Jallikattu are conducted from January to July. The major place of celebration is at Alanganallur near Madurai. Alanganallur Jallikattu is the most popular one amongst all.

Generally, Prey animals and herd animals have the habit of running away at unnecessary conditions. There are about 42 different types of bulls in existence. But Jallikattu bulls are exceptional ones which belong to a particular cattle breed descended from Kangeyam. They are pugnacious by nature and are usually gathered in hundreds. It is so fearful and mingles well only with their group of animals well. This cattle breed from Kangeyam is selected for Jallikattu festival. These bulls fight not because they are agitated or frightened, but because of their nature. Jallikattu is known by different names at different places. Some of the names include “Yeruthazhuvuthal”, “Yerukol”, “Madu Pidithal”, “Manju Virattu” and “Pollerudhu Pidithal”. All the words resemble the same meaning which is “taming of Bulls” or “chasing the Bull”. Bullfighting is basically categorized into three according to the place of play. They are discussed as follows:

a)Vadi Manju Virattu which takes place mostly in the districts of Madurai, Thanjavur, and Salem. In this category, the bull is released from a closed space. This is the common one where the bullfighter will try to catch the hump of the bull in order to win the award. Only one person is allowed at a time to attempt.

b)Vaeli Virattu is a popular play in the districts of Sivagangai, and Madurai. Here, the approach is slightly different where the bull is released into an open ground. There are chances for many bulls to run away from the ground. But there are bulls which stand still and fight with the Bullfighter. The rule is the same, that is, the fighter needs to cling on to the Bull’s hump for a particular period of time to achieve the prize.

c)Vadam Manju Virattu is a game play played with a rope. “Vadam” means rope in Tamil. Here, the bull will be tied to a 50 ft long rope. There are no restrictions for the bull and hence it can move freely anywhere. The maximum time period given is 30 minutes. A team of 7 to 9 members can attempt to seal the bull. A specialty of this game is the usage of rope which makes it possible for the spectators to watch without fear.

How is Bull Fight training given to the bulls?

First of all, Kangeyam calves will be selectively chosen for Jallikattu. From the early age itself, Nutritious diet will be fed to those Jallikattu bulls so as to become strong and sturdy beasts. Even, the bulls are made to do swimming exercises. The training continues till it reaches the adolescence age. After that, the bulls are taken to Jallikattu events to play. The bulls which play well will get a big fame amongst the crowd. Special training will be given to Vadam Manju Virattu bulls since the rules of the fight are different. Other than this, no training will be provided to the Jallikattu bulls.

Controversy and Ban of Jallikattu

Jallikattu is the most popular game and is emotionally connected with the village people especially the farmers. Jallikattu events are conducted as a gameplay and Bulls play a vital role. Many deaths have been encountered and also many injuries were held. In spite of that Tamils consider Alanganallur Jallikattu to be the symbol of cultural heritage and Tradition. Jallikattu is no longer into existence now because of the ban on May 7th, 2014. A major case was filed in the Supreme Court of India against Jallikattu. The step was taken by the Animal Welfare Board of India for an outright ban on Jallikattu. The reasons they kept before are animal cruelty and the threat to public safety. The court considered the reports of Jallikattu held from 2010 to 2014 which stated that there were more than 1100 injuries and 17 deaths as a result of Jallikattu. In the past twenty years, more than 200 deaths happened which was taken into account by the court. Following that, the court banned Jallikattu completely and stated it as an offense under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The Supreme Court also highlighted that any pan out against this judgment will meet with a severe penalty as per the act of 1960. The court also asked the Indian Government to amend the law on preventing cruelty to animals to bring bulls within its ambit.

Jallikattu – A must have ancient sport in Tamil Nadu

Jallikattu is our traditional sport played to benefit both the cattle and the human. There are two main misconceptions which resulted in Jallikattu Ban.

The first one is that many consider Jallikattu to be a sport which is just been conducted for an entertainment purpose. But it is absolutely not. Indian farmers are best friends of the cattle. They take care of cattle like their own child. From the childhood, cattle are grown up with loads of love and concern. Special care is given for Jallikattu Kangeyam Kaalai (Bull) from the beginning when it is a small calf. It is grown to become a Jallikattu bull and finally after the adolescent age, it is made to participate in the events. By this way, a farmer can able to make more money and also can take care of their bull in an efficient manner. That is a good time for both the man and the bull because it is the time of breeding. At this time, the bull will be very tough and strong by nature. The owners will tie coins to the horns of the bull and ask people to seal the bull. The one who wins can get the reward coins for themselves. This is a sport which is played to make the particular breed cattle live long.

The second misconception is “Humans are showing cruelty to the animal”. I obviously say “NO” to this because there is no harm done to the bull during the game. Also, no weapon is used to take control of the Jallikattu bulls. The only thing done is that people will climb on the bull to seal it and win the prize. There are certain risks in Jallikattu too. Chances are very high for the bull to tear man’s body. But it is not so frequently happening case. Jallikattu bull is the hero of the match. Only the bull can decide in which way it has to go. There is no restriction at all. Bullfighter, on the other hand, needs to be careful in order to keep them uninjured. Both the bull and the bullfighter are given training before they get into the game. They know how to get rid of the bull’s hit easily. Similarly, the bull knows what to do and how to escape from the bull tamers. This is a well known and a very fair sport.

Support Jallikattu – Join Hands to Save our Tradition

Jallikattu or Bullfighting belongs to Tamils and is on follow for the past 2000 years. Our ancestors are not fools to keep this as a sport for so many centuries. There are certain reasons which made Alanganallur Jallikattu survive for these many years. Jallikattu is mainly played to show off a man’s courage and heroic spirit. Bull taming is a very important game which played a vital role in lives of people and their marriages. A common man cannot get into Alanganallur Jallikattu. Proper rules and regulations are there for a man to participate in this Bullfight. One who knows about Jallikattu alone can win the trophy. In the same way, the bulls which participate are not the ones which used to roam here and there. But, the bulls are very much trained and are totally dedicated to this sport.

Unfortunately, there have been cases so far where the bull gores man’s body and take off his life. Many people even got injured by the bulls. Taking this reason into account and also the animal cruelty, Supreme Court took a very big decision. A possible solution for the problems is to increase the safety measures for both the bullfighters and the spectators. But ignoring and putting an end to the traditional game Jallikattu is totally unfair. The court’s judgment needs a sheer opposition. As Tamils, we need to realize our cultural heritage and strive hard to bring back our Alanganallur Jallikattu into existence. The remaining cultural heritage components among the people have to be included in the next generation with the help of Jallikattu. As a Dravidian, this is a small step taken by me to bring back our Jallikattu game. Don’t let our tradition disappear. Join hands to support Jallikattu.

We do Support for Jallikattu. hope we will conduct our traditional game play on Mattu Pongal ( 3rd Day of Thai Pongal)

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