Tuesday, 13 April 2010


Picture courtesy : Google

Palangguli is one of the famous games played by womens in Tamilnadu . Hope , each and every house will have this board . I have it in silver , gifted by my mom during my marriage .It is in my in-laws place ,so I cannot take a photo of my own .

Rules of the game :

1) It is a two player game . Each one will take 7 cups each .
2)Each cup will have 6 seeds . Usually , we will play with tamarind seeds .

3) Firstplayer have to lift the seeds from any of her cups and distribute the seeds one by one in each cup, starting from the cup rightside to the cup from she took the seeds.
4) Once the six seeds over , she takes seeds from the next cup immediately after that cup and repeat step 3 . If she reaches the end of her cups, she need to drop seeds in her opponent player's cups.

5) She has to drop the seeds until the last seed fell into a cup with an empty cup beyond. Once it had occured , she can take the seeds in the cup beyond the empty cup and store it for her.

6) Then the second player starts to play in the same way .

7) If for any one of the players , when the last seed fell into a cup with two empty cups beyond, they never takes seeds and their turn is over.

8) The first round is over when there are no seeds .

9) Players have to fill their cups with the seeds they earned .Player with more seeds is declared the winner. The loser of the first round will be unable to fill all of his holes.

10) In the next round play continues as before without considering the empty holes .

11) The game is over when a player doesn't fill any of his cups with 6 seeds .

Sending this to Nivedita's Forgotten indian games .


nivedita said...

Hi Shama
Thanks for the entry.
We call it as "aaliguli mani"
You got the beautiful piece. I too have one, but it is simple. and we do play it with 5 seeds in each house.

Varunavi said...

Nice post,even in andhra this is played and i dont remember the name nor how to play it.

Ammu Madhu said...

எங்க ஊர்ல இன்னும் விளையாடுறாங்க .ராத்திரி சாப்பிட்டுட்டு அப்டியே வெளில வந்து திண்ணைல உக்காந்துட்டு நேரம் போறதே தெரியாம இளையாடுற சோகமே தனி:)
எனக்கு மிகவும் பிடித்த ஒரு விளையாட்டு இது.

AswathiBabu said...

Its very nice to know that this game is popular in every part of India. I am from Kerala and we are calling this 'Pallankuzhi'. I had mentioned about this game in my earlier post. My mother's sister have one of this playboard. very nice to see your blog
thanking you for sharing

SV said...

You took me back to my childhood days.Great post!


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