Preparations on for the Jallikattu bull-taming event

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A bull is trained by its owner ahead of the Jallikattu bull taming event, in the south Indian city of Madurai on February 7, 2017. Week-long protests in January in Chennai prompted the Tamil Nadu assembly to unanimously pass an amendment bill on January 23, clearing the way for conducting the bull taming ritual. Residents of the southern state of Tamil Nadu maintained that the Jallikattu festival was a crucial part of their culture. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A bull is trained by its owner ahead of the Jallikattu bull taming event, in the south Indian city of Madurai on February 7, 2017. Week-long protests in January in Chennai prompted the Tamil Nadu assembly to unanimously pass an amendment bill on January 23, clearing the way for conducting the bull taming ritual. Residents of the southern state of Tamil Nadu maintained that the Jallikattu festival was a crucial part of their culture. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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A boy displays decorative necklaces for bulls ahead of the Jallikattu bull taming event, in Madurai on February 7, 2017. People are gearing up for Jallikattu that will be conducted as per schedule at Alanganallur on February 10. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A boy displays decorative necklaces for bulls ahead of the Jallikattu bull taming event, in Madurai on February 7, 2017. People are gearing up for Jallikattu that will be conducted as per schedule at Alanganallur on February 10. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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A blacksmith puts a metal shoe on a bull's hoof in preparation for Jallikattu. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A blacksmith puts a metal shoe on a bull's hoof in preparation for Jallikattu. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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An artisan stitches a decorative necklace for a bull . (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

An artisan stitches a decorative necklace for a bull . (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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A blacksmith puts a metal shoe on a bull's hoof. Normally, Jallikattu is held as part of the Pongal festivities in Tamil Nadu. However, it was not held during Pongal this year due to a Supreme Court ban. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A blacksmith puts a metal shoe on a bull's hoof. Normally, Jallikattu is held as part of the Pongal festivities in Tamil Nadu. However, it was not held during Pongal this year due to a Supreme Court ban. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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A bull is trained by its owner for Jallikattu, in Madurai . A bonanza awaits competitors in the Feb 10 Jallikattu in Alanganallur, where the organisers have announced attractive prizes, including car, for the winner . (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A bull is trained by its owner for Jallikattu, in Madurai . A bonanza awaits competitors in the Feb 10 Jallikattu in Alanganallur, where the organisers have announced attractive prizes, including car, for the winner . (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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A bull in training. Thirty-six people were injured, one of them seriously, in a Jallikattu event held at Avanipuram on Feb. 5 amid high security in which more than 900 bulls were used. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A bull in training. Thirty-six people were injured, one of them seriously, in a Jallikattu event held at Avanipuram on Feb. 5 amid high security in which more than 900 bulls were used. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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A bull is kissed by its owner . (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

A bull is kissed by its owner . (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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Hosting the event after a gap of three years, Alanganallur in Madurai district is famous for Jallikattu and used to attract a large number of spectators, including foreign tourists. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

Hosting the event after a gap of three years, Alanganallur in Madurai district is famous for Jallikattu and used to attract a large number of spectators, including foreign tourists. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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