Rajini, James Bond, Karuppu and Vellai eat nutritious meals and swim within the Sholavaram lake to strengthen themselves. These usually are not males, however bulls, with menacingly sharp horns and nice hump, preparing to participate within the conventional ‘Eruthu Vidum Vizha’ (a bull race) in Vellore.
At least 250 to 300 bulls are gathered on a village road for the race that’s touted as a century-old custom. Each bull has to run 100 metres, and the one which covers the space within the least time shall be declared the winner. However, the occasion this 12 months is predicted to be held in compliance with the COVID-19 commonplace working procedures. Unlike up to now, when it was held for 5 months, the race will recover from by February-end as a result of the Assembly election is quick approaching.
“The Collector has asked us to barricade the streets to prevent injuries to the spectators. Over 1,000 bulls will take part in the race across Vellore, Tirupathur and Ranipet districts. Each will be accompanied by 10 persons, and all of them will have to get a COVID-19 test done and a certificate from the tahsildar,” mentioned N. Padmanabhan, treasurer, Eruthu Vidum Veera Vilaiyaatu Paadhukaapu Sangam, Vellore.
He mentioned the Collector had additionally requested the organisers to finish the race earlier than February. “Last year too, we were through with it by February-end owing to the pandemic; this time, it will be due to the election,” he added.
Owners are getting their bulls prepared. “In south Tamil Nadu, jallikattu is famous and in the northern parts, it is the bull race. The race is conducted across the district from January to May usually,” says Jayaprakash of Sholavaram. He owns seven bulls. The bulls bear coaching from December.
The bull house owners have acquired permission to conduct the race in 250 streets throughout Vellore, Ranipet and Tirupattur districts.