Jallikattu thoughts… Anda! Ole’! Ole’!
Every year ‘Mattu Pongal’ is something different. Back in our hometown, on this day we used to do pooja to our cows, decorate them with new clothes, painting colours on their horns etc. They also seemed to enjoy that :).
In our local temple, there would be huge gathering and there would be special poojas, darshans. After coming to chennai, the fun has come down to just few backslaps within friends wishing each other “Happy birthday” with a mischievous smile during the Mattu Pongal day 🙂
All in my whole lifetime till this day, I only once have watched jallikattu and I am sure I can never forget that. That was in my schooldays, my father took me to Madurai during the pongal season and it feels now soo loong time back. For some reason or the other jallikattu is not popular in my native – Thanjavur and sorrounding towns.
Not all of the guys involved in jallikattu are just farmers and local guys. Some of them are kind of “professionals” in taming the bull. I have heard they would practice all through the year for this event, just as the bulls too are prepared for the big event. One would definitely surprise, when comes to know the price money is few hundred rupees and new dress clothes. That is not the thing that drives people into this, the thing is a show of valor, masculinity, an eternal desire for spilling blood or whatever you may call it…!
When bulls one by one enter into the ground with loud announcement and even louder cheers from the crowd, the situation gets just electric! One cannot express it in words, one has to really go and see that. People used to relate spanish bull fight with jallikattu, but jallikattu is different. In spanish fight etc, sometimes, they will have small dagger kind of weapons and hurt the bull. In jallikattu, people won’t hurt the bull – even if they do it, the owners would object to that. It will be a fair game between man vs animal thats all.
Anyway, whether its spaniards bull fight or local jallikattu, the game is no different in one thing, violence!
Anda! Ole’! Ole’!