Pudukottai: The Jallikattu event conducted in Viralimalai of Pudukottai district is set to enter the Guinness World Records with the participation of 2000 bulls, 550 bull tamers and lakhs of visitors on Sunday. Visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and various other countries have come to witness the competition. Galleries have been arranged for them by nearly 30,000 people, stated a media report. To ensure the smooth functioning of the event, over 2,000 police have been deployed at the area. The event was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam.
Guinness Records Group Executive Committee members and three foreign judges have been invited to determine the winners of the game. The competition is being held as per the guidelines announced by the Supreme Court. The final winners of the Jallikattu competition will receive awards such as car, bike, bicycles, TV and gold. For the first time, the government has introduced the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Beema Yojana insurance scheme for the bull-tamers at the event with a death cover of Rs two lakh each at a premium of Rs 12 each.
Speaking at Jallikattu, Chief Minister Palanisamy hailed Tamilians as the heroes of Jallikattu competition. The Tamil sport ‘Jallikattu’, which is held during the harvest festival ‘Pongal’, was banned by the Supreme Court order in May 2014. However, Tamil Nadu enacted a law in 2017 to bypass the top court’s verdict, owing to massive protests challenging the ban of the event. During that year, in the third week of January and the first week of February, Jallikattu was held in certain places.
Meanwhile, on January 16 in Madurai, at least 48 competitors were injured, 14 of them seriously, in the Jallikattu sport held at Palamedu as part of the Pongal festivities, said officials. The bull-taming sport was also held in Alanganallur, Palamedu and Vavuniya.
(With Agency inputs)