Bullock cart races held in Telangana

The bullock cart racing was considered as a major event during the Jatara, but was stopped in 1987 over law and order problems and other issues.

Bullock cart races held in Telangana

After nearly three decades, bullock cart racing competitions were held during tribal festival Nagoba Jatara in Telangana after taking inspiration from jallikattu agitation.

The bullock cart racing was considered as a major event during the Jatara, but was stopped in 1987 over law and order problems and other issues.

‘‘We drew inspiration from Tamilians who agitated against the move to stop their traditional game. No cruelty to animal was involved in our game either,’’ an organiser told TNIE.


The competition was organised by the Rai Centre - a body of tribal elders.

The initiative to revive the traditional game was taken by Mancherial Collector RV Karnan, who is also the in-charge project officer of Utnoor, Integrated Tribal Development Agency, after the organiSers sought permission.

More than 16 rengi carts, which were used as personal transport, competed in the race, attracting huge crowds of Adivasis.

They also conducted other traditional games such as puli-meka , tokkudu billa, gilli danda, which managed to attract huge crowds during the weekend.