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Participants attempt to tame a bull during Jallikattu, in Madurai.

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Participants attempt to tame a bull during Jallikattu, in Madurai.

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Yougsters try to tame a bull during Avaniyapuram Jallikattu in Madurai.

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Participants tryto control a bull at the annual bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in Avaniyapuram village on the outskirts of Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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A participant tries to control a bull at the annual bull taming event 'Jallikattu' in Avaniyapuram village on the outskirts of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The deeply held religious ritual had been banned for two years after India’s Supreme Court found it cruel. Jallikattu returned to Tamil Nadu in 2017 after tens of thousands of people protested for weeks and forced the government to rush new legislation exempting it from animal cruelty laws.

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Tourists take part in an event organised as part of 'pongal' celebrations, in Mamallapuram.

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Residents from Dharavi area celebrate the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, in Mumbai.

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Residents from Dharavi area celebrate the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, in Mumbai.

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Residents from Dharavi area celebrate the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, in Mumbai.

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Students celebrate Pongal at the college premises in Chennai.

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Participants try to tame a bull during Jallikattu event at Alanganallur, in Madurai district.

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Participants try to tame a bull during Jallikattu event at Alanganallur, in Madurai district.

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Spectators gather for a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Participants try to tame a bull during Jallikattu event at Palamedu, in Madurai district.

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Tamers try to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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A bull runs away from tamers during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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A bull runs towards policemen guarding the arena during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Tamers try to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Tamers try to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Tamers try to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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A bull runs over a tamer during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai.

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Tamers try to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Participants try to tame a bull during Jallikattu event at Palamedu, in Madurai district.

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A man tries to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Tamers try to control a bull during a traditional bull-taming festival called Jallikattu, in the village of Palamedu, near Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

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Tamil women cook special food to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi, in Mumbai.

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Tamil women hold utensils and sugarcane as they prepare to cook special food to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi, in Mumbai.

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A man, right, brings a decorated cow to attract alms as Tamil women cook special food to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, in Mumbai.

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Tamil women cook special food to celebrate the harvest festival of Pongal at Dharavi, one of the world's largest slums, in Mumbai. This celebration, held according to the solar calendar, marks the beginning of the sun's northward movement and is considered to be auspicious.

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People gather at Marina beach on the occasion of 'Kanum Pongal' as part of Pongal Festival in Chennai.

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Congress members celebrating the Pongal festival in Coimbatore.

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College students during the Pogal celebrations in Coimbatore.

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College students celebrating Pongal at their college premises in Chennai.

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A potter engaged in making pots ahead of the harvest festival 'Pongal' near Chennai.

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Workers engaged in reaping paddy at a farm ahead of harvest festival 'Pongal' near Chennai.

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People gatherd at Marina beach on the occation of "Kanum Pongal", in Chennai.

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Despite Supreme Court ban people release the Jallikattu bull at Alanganallur, in Madurai.

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Woman celebrate ‘Pongal’ at Narakath temple, in Kozhikode.

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Students celebrating Pongal festival at their college, in Chennai.

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Villagers of Siddhalingha Pura run through along with their bulls during Pongal celebrations near Mysore.

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People gather at Marina beach on the occasion of Kanum Pongal in Chennai.

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People celebrate Pongal at Dharavi in Mumbai.

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Bull tamers hold on to a bull during Jallikattu, a bull-taming sport played as part of the harvest festival of Pongal.

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