Lagori, also known as Seven Stones, is one of India’s most ancient and popular games. Two teams compete with a ball and flat stones or wooden blocks. One team will knock down the blocks and attempt to reassemble the pile, while the other will attempt to throw the ball toward the opposing team.
History of Lagori
Lagori is an old game that dates back to the time of the Bhagavata Purana, almost 5000 years ago, and it describes Lord Krishna and his friends playing Lagori. This sport has been practised for over five millennia. In the 1990s, this was a popular outdoor game in India and Pakistan.
How to play Lagori
Lagori is a game in which two teams of three to seven people compete against each other. Lagori is a game in which the ball is used to hit a pile of seven stones. Each side has three chances to knock down the stone stack, with each player having three chances.
If one team is unable to knock it down, the following team will be given the opportunity. After the throwing crew has knocked down the stones, they must reconstruct them.
The defensive team’s goal is to hit the players with the ball below their knees.
If the throwing team is successful in reassembling all of the stones, they win. The defensive team, on the other hand, will win if they can hit a player.
Rules of Lagori
- A game in which two teams of equal players compete (3-7 players each).
- Each team is given a chance to throw the ball and knock down the stones; if one team (throwing team) fails, the opportunity is passed to the next team (defensive team).
- Keep a 15- to 20-foot distance between Lagori and the players.
- If the throwing team knocks down the stones, the defensive team tries to restore the stack while the throwing team tries to hit the defensive team’s players with the ball.
- Players on the defensive team should strike their opponent’s (throwing team) player below the knee level.
- Defensive team members are not permitted to run with the ball, but they are permitted to pass it to other members of the team.
- To declare victory, the throwing team must collect the stack and yell the game’s name, “Lagori.”
- The defensive team must hit the opposing team’s player in order to win.
Lagori in Foreign Country
The fact that Lagori is played in 30 countries throughout the world is a source of immense pride. It goes by numerous names and has different territories, but the pure joy that the game offers is consistent. The game has grown in popularity without anyone noticing, and it is only a matter of time before it becomes a global phenomenon.
On a larger scale, India, the birthplace of Lagori, is the epicentre of the game’s development. The Indian Lagori Premier League, which will take place in November 2017, has already gained a lot of traction. This year’s Lagori World Cup will also take place, with India, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Turkey, and Sri Lanka all competing for a chance at international success.