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Gold and silver articles donated at the Chamundeshwari Temple by Sri Jaya Publications and Kodanad Estate

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October 23, 2016: Praying for the early and speedy recovery of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, a group of people adorned the Ganesha and Hanuman idols at the Chamundeshwari Temple on Chamundi Hills, Mysore with gold and silver articles.

The gold and silver articles donated by Sri Jaya Publications, Chennai and the Kodanad Estate were worth Rs. 1.61 crore, mentioned HT report. This group of people from Tamil Nadu went to Chamundeshwari Temple on Friday to pray for the good health and quick recovery of Jayalalithaa and offered gold and silver articles at the temple. Temple authorities said that the donations at the temple have been registered in the names of Sri Jaya Publications, Chennai and the Kodanad Estate, Nilgiris, as quoted by The Hindu.

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According to the Hindu, the articles made of 1,689 grams of gold and 4,852 grams of silver, the total value of articles worth Rs. 42,29,614, by Sri Jaya Publications, have been donated to the Ganesha idol on the Chamundi Hills. 4,710 grams of gold and 14,980 grams of silver have been donated to the Hanuman idol by the Kodanad Estate, Nilgiris whose total worth was equal to Rs. 1,18,47,543 from the information which was given by the Temple office. The donations were then entered in the Temple registry after they were valued by a local jeweller.

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SPECIAL POOJA

Shashishekar Dixit, the head priest of Sri Chamundeshwari Temple told that including Sri Jaya Publications, five people visited the temple and also performed Special pooja for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa, as reported to The Hindu.

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K.M. Prasad, Executive Officer of the Temple told The Hindu that articles to the temple were donated on Thursday and the idols were decorated with them on Friday. Special poojas were then performed to the Lord Ganesha and Hanuman who are located at the entrance to the main temple and in front of the sanctum sanctorum respectively after they were adorned with the articles of gold and silver.

The articles included Kavacham for Lord Hanuman’s idol and a Gold crown for the idol of Lord Ganesha. He also said that the size of the idols was taken 10 years ago and articles were then crafted accordingly.

According to the Temple sources, Jayalalithaa’s last visit to the temple was in 2011 when she turned 63 and she had visited the temple earlier also on few special occasions.

– prepared by Chesta Ahuja, NewsGram.  Twitter: @ahuja_chesta

 

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All You Need to Know About the Sport of Jallikattu

Jallikattu is certainly a dangerous sports, which poses a risk of life for the participants.

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Jallikattu sport of Tamil Nadu, Wikimedia

By Ruchika Verma

  • Jallikattu is a traditional Tamil sport
  • The sport involves bulls and humans, the latter trying to control the former
  • The sport was banned in 2014, which created a lots of controversy

Jallikattu or Sallikkattu, also known as ‘eru thazhuvuthal’ and ‘manju virattu’ traditionally, was in news last year, around this time due to the ban imposed on it by the Supreme Court. The ban was much hyped and gathered a plethora of media’s attention.

Jallikattu ban was much hyped. Wikimedia Commons
Jallikattu ban was much hyped. Wikimedia Commons

Jallikattu ban has also garnered lots of political attention due to the involvement of Tamil Nadu and Central governments. The issue is much hyed due to the political context involved in it too.

What exactly is Jallikattu ? 

Jallikattu is a traditional sport and spectacle in which bulls of the Pulikulam or Kangayam breeds are released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to control the bulls while they try to escape.

Jallikattu is seen as animal cruelty by many activists. Flickr
Jallikattu is seen as animal cruelty by many activists. Flickr

Jallikattu is practised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations. The districts, Madurai, Thanjavur, and Salem are the most famous for conducting Jallikattu. The game dates back to Tamil classical period, which went back to 400 BC. Ancient Tamil Sangam literature described the practice as ‘Yeru thazhuvuthal’ which literally means “bull embracing.” With time the sport has become synonymous with valour and bravery.

Also Read : Tamil Nadu legalises Jallikattu with a New Law

What happens in Jallikattu and how?

The bulls participating in the game are all lined up behind a narrow gate and released one by one into the arena. The participants have to either control the bull by holding its hump or clutch away a flag attached to the horns. Owners of the bulls often announce prizes for the man who gets the hold of their bull.

The objective of the game is not to kill or overpower the bull, but to hold onto their hump for a certain amount of time or distance.

The participants are only allowed to hold onto the hump of the Bull. www.in.com
The participants are only allowed to hold onto the hump of the Bull. www.in.com

There are three variants to the game. First, when the  bulls are released from an enclosed area. Second, when the bull is directly released into open ground. And third, when bull is tied to a rope as the only restriction, and a team of 7-9 members has to untie the prize from the bull’s horns in 30 minutes of time period.

The gate through which bulls enter the arena are called vadi vasai. The bulls charge at the men standing most near to the gate. One of the rules also say that a participant is only allowed to hold bull’s hump and no other body part. The other rules varies from region to region.

Also Read : Animal rights organisations challenge new law on Jallikattu

Jallikattu Ban and Controversy

Jallikattu is certainly a dangerous sports, which poses a risk of life for the participants.

In 2014, The Supreme Court banned the sport, endorsing the activists’ concerns according to which, Jallikattu is not only cruelty towards the animal, but also poses a threat to humans. According to the data provided, between 2010 and 2014, 17 people were killed and approximately 1000 were injured during Jallikatu.

The Jallikattu ban was protests by many Tamilians.
The Jallikattu ban was protests by many Tamilians.

However, the ban invited a lots of protests. Many Tamil communities called this ban a violation of their culture and tradition.

In 2017, many lawyers plead to remove the ban which was rejected by the court. After requests and arguments of Tamil communities, central government reversed the ban, however, after Supreme Court stuck the order down, the ban was imposed again. However, the government of Tamil Nadu sanctioned the sport and brought it back into the practice.