Tamil Nadu's colourful Pongal festival is underway - kicked off by the traditional bullfight.
The harvest festival is one of the biggest in the state with bull-tamers taking part at the main venues in Madurai district.
Reports say 700 bulls and as many bull-tamers are taking part in the first of a bunch of events in Avaniapuram.
The bulls and the tamers are medically examined before the events, reports say.
The bull-taming events are supervised by a panel headed by a retired judge, according to reports.
State minister RB Udhayakumar, lawmakers and regional administrative leaders took part in the event, reports say.