Jallikattu or Eruthazhuvuthal is a bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebration. This is one of the oldest living prehistoric sports seen in the modern era in India. Even though it sounds similar to the Spanish bull fights, it is quite diverse.
The bull is not killed and the ‘matadors’ are not supposed to use any weapon In Jallikattu. It is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival. The festivals are held from January to July, every year. The Jallikattu held in Alanganallur, near Madurai, is one of the more popular events.
About 600 bulls were expected to participate in this festival season in 2011. About 179 locations have been identified for conducting the Jallikattu festival in 2011. “Doping of the Bulls or giving extra performing drugs to Bulls during the festival should be strongly avoided”, According to Govt. officials.