Bull tamers also formed long queues at Alanganallur and Avaniapuram to register their names to participate in the events. The participants should be between 21 and 40 years of age and should submit proof of their age.
"There is a huge response from the villagers from various districts. The fall in the number of jallikattu events was the primary reason for the increase in participation at Alanganallur, Palamedu and Avaniapuram," said P Rajasekaran, state president of Jallikattu Peravai. "In the past, representatives from the village that organises jallikattu would visit the houses of bull owners individually and invite them with betel leaves to participate in the event. The bulls would also be honoured. But now the bull owners are desperate due to drop in jallikattu events that they voluntarily participate," he said.