Moodbidri hosts first Kambala after ordinance

Moodbidri hosts first Kambala after ordinance

There was festive spirit in Moodbidri where Kambala resumed after a gap of over one year on Saturday. The Kambala was held till the early hours of Sunday.   

More than 10,000 people witnessed the bull-racing sport. The organisers served "ganji" (gruel) and chutney to the spectators in the afternoon. The organisers were continuously making an announcement, asking participants to strictly adhere to the rules framed by the government. The entire event was videographed. A total of 137 pairs of buffaloes participated in the event. 

The Kambala was not organised last year due to the ban imposed by the Supreme Court in November, following a PIL filed by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA).

Recently, the President gave his assent to "The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Ordinance 2017" promulgated by the state government.

The Koti Chenniah Jodu Kare (double track) Kambala commenced in the morning. It is the first among 19 double track Kambalas to be held for 2017-18 under the auspices of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Jodukare Kambala Committee. The last Kambala of the season will be held at Talapady on March 18.

The Kambala was held in six categories - kane halage, adda halage, negilu (junior and senior) and hagga (junior and senior).

The event was inaugurated by Alangaru temple chief priest Ishwar Bhat. Koti Chenniah Jodukare Kambala Samithi president and MLA Abhayachandra Jain was present.

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