Jallikattu was flagged off in Madurai by Tamil Nadu ministers PTR Thiagarajan and P Moorthy on Saturday.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has sponsored a car for the winner of the state’s famous festival with the second prize winner getting a two-wheeler sponsored by the DMK youth wing leader and Chief Minister’s son, Udayanidhi Stalin.
The competition will be held in 10 rounds with one hour for each round. The 50 tamers are double vaccinated and returned negative in RT-PCR test.
On Saturday at the Periya Suriyar Jallikattu festival at Tiruchi, a 27-year-old youth, Meenakshisundaram was gored to death.