Heralding the coming of Makara Sankaranti, ‘Gangireddu’ troupes with colourfully decorated Ongole bulls thronged the streets of Ongole for staging awe-inspiring performances.
The decorated bull danced to the music, knelt down, bowed and nodded its head near the Court Centre, winning a huge round of applause from those who had spontaneously gathered there.
The students of a corporate school on the Mangamoor Road here stood in awe as the bull bit the hand of its master and then placed its legs on his chest without hurting him even as his aides played music.
Every year, the skilled performers from the western parts of the district visit Ongole and other cities and towns well in advance of the big festival and exhibit their skills.
''Bulls which do not obey farmers are given to us for training.
We tame them over a period to perform a variety of feats,” a bull trainer Venkaiah from Markapur says before moving to another street corner.
Kindling the festive spirit, the master and his aides also visited each house wishing that the harvest festival brought them better future.