Jallikattu and Kambala: Few Difference That You Must Know


Kambala and Jallikattu rituals are often compared, but the way these two rituals are conducted is massively different. Jallikattu and Kambala are a known name for all across the nation, after the Supreme Court ban on them and protest by the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to revoke the ban.

Few Differences between Jallikattu and Kambala that you should know:

  1. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport held as a part of the Pongal festivities in the state of Tamil Nadu. While Kambala, is a buffalo race held in the state of Karnataka during the month of November to March, mostly in the Dakshin Kannada.

  2. In Jallikattu, a bull is released into a crowd where many try to grab the hump of the bull with their arms and hang on to it for as long as possible, while the bull efforts to escape. The main motto of holding the hump is to win by bringing the bull to stop. Whereas in Kambala, a pair of bullocks are tied to a plough and their jockey, and the buffalo pairs run one by one in paddy fields. Some agriculturists race their buffaloes during Kambala for saying thanks to God for protecting their animals from diseases.

  3. Jallikattu sport is about 2000-year-old that has been played by Tamil men to showcase their strength for finding a wife. While Kambala goes back to 800 years played by the farming community of the state of Karnataka. It is believed that the Kambala festival started at the famous Kadri Manjunatha Temple located in Mangalore, Karnataka.

  4. Many casualties have been reported during the Jallikattu festival where people have been reported dying due to bullock trampling, or getting injured by the horns of the bull. Whereas in Kambala toppling of bullocks and injury to jockeys has been observed.

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