Jalikattu ! A festival of Hindu religious sentiments / traditional practice or just a bloody sport.

What is Jalikattu ? What is its significance for tamilians? What is the controversy surrounding Jallikattu. Lets have a look here.

Jallikattu, also known as Eruthazhuvuthal. Jallikatu is a an ancient game between men and bull. This is a festival of tamilnadu played during pongal (harvest) . Also known as a bull taming festival.

In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull’s hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull .
There is a strong belief in people of tamilnadu that a year without jallikatu there will be natural calamities or diseases in the state.

For tamilians its not just a traditional sport, but a religious sentiment it is a part of hindu tradition.

As per the records from 2010 to 2014, there were approximately 1,100 injuries and 17 deaths as a result of Jallikattu events.
PETA India has protested against the blood sport over the years for animal cruelty.
Since this sport festival has blood shed, injuries to the bull/human or sometimes even death, the supreme court decided to put a ban on Jallikattu in may 2014 in favour of PETA INDIA.

Recently almost 5000 people gathered in chennai at marina beach to protest and demanded revocation on the ban of jalikattu. The protestors asked the central govt to promulgate an ordinance so that the sport can be played again.

The protestors told they did not do anything to make the bull agressive as it was the nature of bull to be aggressive. The owner of the bull takes the bull on the ground , drum or a loud noise is enough to get the bull aggressive thus the bull starts running in the open ground , where one or more men try to catch the hump of the bull . whoever is able to hold it for a while gets the prize.

South super star Kamal Hassan defended saying “ban Biryani if you want a ban on Jallikattu”. He further stated I’m probably one of the few actors who’ve played Jallikattu. Am a proud Tamilian, this is our culture”.

Environment minister Anil Dave on Tuesday said he hopes the Supreme Court will uphold people’s sentiments over Jallikattu, saying it is a “non-violent” and “friendly” game.
Non violent? I wonder how! As the reports revealed the deaths and injuries of bull and human.
There is one side which is in favour of jallikattu associated with religious sentiments and the other side it is cruelty towards animals, therefore it is now upon the supreme court wether to revoke the ban or it would stay banned forever.

In addition ,The supreme court favoured playing this sport on computer rather then for real .
A ban or a no ban it is clear that Jallikattu has a significant place in the hearts of tamilians , even if it means harm to the animal or human.

Unity in diversity but i dont see any unity here , it’s just difference of opinion , in favour or against. its always been about religious sentiments or traditional practice rather than practical approach be it India or abroad.


Bullfighting has been popular in pockets of southern France for 150 years. Though the practice contravenes a 1976 act that outlaws the torture and deliberate mistreatment of animals, the law makes an exception for La Corrida in areas where there is an “unbroken, local, tradition”. Nîmes in Languedoc-Roussillon is particularly passionate with a million visitors flocking to the five-day festival at Pentecost each year.


The conquistadors brought bullfighting to Latin America in the 1500s and nowadays Mexicans are probably the most enthusiastic after the Spanish. Mexico City boasts the largest ring in the world, which can accommodate 60,000 spectators. Mexican bullfighting is similar to the Spanish style – the matador is the star of the show, teasing the animal with a cap before killing it with a sword.

We all know the harmful effects of such practices still we manage to go ahead with it. During diwali we burst firecrackers even though we know it is harmful for health, causes rise in pollution, but people attach it to traditional practices. During holi we are not supposed to play with harmful harsh chemical based color or oil paints yet who cares! . During Ganesh chaturthi we pollute our seas with chemical based colored Ganpatis, cant we use ecofriendly material?

Many of you may now comment at this or object or say i am against religious practices. No i am not against religious practices, but i am definately against malpractices Anything that hurts an animal, people or affects our health and the health of generation next.




  1. #Jallikattu #kambula
    it’s is our culture and tradition, people who don’t know anything about Jallikattd and Kambula they first know about it , what is it , How they prepare for it , PETA India is telling one side of the story, what about other side , people simply sitting in ac room and giving their views on jaillkatu and kambula, go check reality on ground how traditional game is playing, how they prepare for it , how much cost they spend for bulls and buffalo, how they treat them whole year , then comment, it’s our culture and tradition don’t kill it , try to protect it , it’s our country’s valuable assets , our country known for its rich culture and Traditions,
    So please don’t simply give your suggestion unless you know entire thing,
    It’s our farmers festival it’s related to agriculture ,
    It’s is festival and Celebrations of Farmers,

    #Save_Kambula #Save_Jallikattu

    Jai Tulunad
    Jai Hind