Viralimalai jallikattu aims for Guinness World Record

Youth trying to tame a bull during a jallikattu at Viralimalai. File photo  

Organisers of a 'jallikattu' at Viralimalai in Pudukottai district are aiming at a Guinness World Record by roping in 2,000 bulls and one lakh spectators for the event scheduled to be held on January 20.

“The massive event will be an attempt to create a world record and adjudicators from England are slated to witness the jallikattu,” Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar said on Friday.

The Health Minister represents the Viralimalai Assembly constituency and has been the moving force behind the event.


Speaking to reporters after inspecting the arrangements at the Ammankulam grounds, the venue for the event, Mr. Vijaya Baskar said the jallikattu would be conducted in accordance with court stipulated guidelines by putting in place adequate safety and security measures.

The venue would have collection point for the animals to arrive, separate area for VIPs to watch the event and dedicated places for examination of participating bulls and tamers besides huge galleries for the visitors, he said.

Around 2,000 bulls and 500 tamers were to be registered for the event. The bulls and the tamers would be subjected to complete medical examination before being allowed to participate in the event, the Minister said.

Last year, Pudukottai witnessed the most number of jallikattu among the districts in the State with more than 25 events.

This year, permission has been granted for conducting jallikattu at six places so far.

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