While some got injured in the festival, others who were able to get their hands on the trophies were praised.

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news Jallikattu Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:04

Even after strict police warnings, jallikattu was still held at Ramireddypalle village in Chandragiri mandal in Chittoor district on Sunday.

The Pasuvula Panduga or Cattle Festival which usually takes place during the third day of the Sankranti festival, has been held two weeks after Sankranti by people of Ramireddypalle, to give a separate identity to the festival and to attract more people.

To witness the festival, a huge number of people arrived from neighbouring villages. The race was inaugurated by YSR Congress general secretary B. Karunakar Reddy, and Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy.

Horns of bulls and cows were painted and trophies were attached to the horns. The farmers made them run through the streets of the village.

While some got injured in the festival, others who were able to get their hands on the trophies were praised.

One of the organisers, Chandrasekhar Reddy, told Deccan Chronicle that people take the risk not because of money but because they are treated as heroes by their associates if they can snatch the trophies.

Recently, jallikattu took place in the Andhra chief minister's home district where around 50 bulls were made to run through a narrow passage of the village.

CM visited the village along with his family to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Chittoor being the native district of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, last year also, he is said to have celebrated Sankranti in the Naravaripalle village with his family members.

Last year, Pasuvula Panduga was held during the last day of Sankranti in few villages like Ramireddygaripalle, Pullaiahgaripalle, and Rangampet of Chandragiri mandal and Baireddypalle and Adusipalle in Pakala mandal in Chittoor district.

Nearly 10 people were injured during the festival.

Times of India report said that a few of the cattle owners fed alcohol and a paste made of powdered ganja leaves and jaggery to the cattle to prepare them for the race.


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