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Jallikattu events announced in Tamil Nadu subsequent to lifting of ban
With the passage of the new Act by the state assembly, the Government of Tamil Nadu has exempted Jallikattu from the provisions of the PCA Act. Meanwhile, the Centre has also sought to withdraw January 2016 notification on Jallikattu.

As it has now become well known that Jallikattu - a bull taming game as a part of Pongal - was banned the Supreme Court saying that the bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu or cart races.

Consequent to new bill, Jallikattu would be held at Avaniapuram in Madurai district on February 5 with several hundred bulls and sportsmen taking part in the event. Also, the events will be at Alanganallur and Palamedu.

According to historians, Jallikattu was even practiced during the Tamil classical period ranging from 400BC to 100 BC in the 'Mullai' geographical division of South India.

A seal from the Indus Valley Civilization depicting Jallikattu is preserved in the National Museum, which shows a lone man trying to control a bull. The seal is estimated to be about 2,500 years old implying that it is an ancient sports event.

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