Lakhoti is a popular traditional Indian game that is played all over the country. Kancha, Golli, Goti, and Marbles are some of the other names for it (English). This game is classified as a street game, and it improves your targeting and focus skills.
- For thousands of years, people have been playing marbles and games that are similar to marbles. Marble is supposed to have originated when cave people were playing with little pebbles or natural clay balls.
- Clay balls have been discovered in Egyptian tombs as well as Native American burial grounds. Pyramids have also been discovered with them.
- Marbles are also said to have originated in Pakistan’s Harappan Civilization, near the Indus River. Near Mohenjo-daro, a variety of marbles were discovered during excavations. Clay, stone, and glass were often used.
- In the 1870s, ceramic marbles were mass-produced at a low cost.
- A German glass blower devised the marble scissors (a mould for manufacturing marbles) in 1846, revolutionising the marble-making process.
- The first marble-making machine was invented in Germany in 1890, and the United States followed suit later that year.
- In 1950, various different varieties of marbles were designed and tested. The cat’s eye type marble was first manufactured in Japan by infusing coloured glasses into regular marble. Then, in the United States, people discovered that baking marbles before they cool produces a crackling effect.
- Perhaps the most significant occurrence occurred in 1960, when Neil Armstrong (the first man to walk on the moon) described the planet as a large blue marble.
- Nowadays, marbles are made of a variety of materials. Glass is a very popular material. Clay marbles are also created, however they are not as precise as glass marbles. Almost all marbles are manufactured by machines. Glass marbles are created by melting glass in a furnace and pouring it into moulds, then injecting coloured glasses into the molten marbles in the shape of cat eyes.
- For thousands of years, marbles have proven to be the most fascinating and popular Indian traditional game, as well as one that is played all over the world.
Techniques of Aiming
The stone is held tightly in the forefinger when you begin aiming at it. Then, with the pressure of the other hand’s fingers, it was extended back like a bow and arrow. The goti is then shot after releasing the finger. The marble should be pushed with the thumb firmly touching the ground.
How to play
- To determine who gets the first chance, two lines are painted on the ground, one about half a foot away from the hole and the other three feet away. The participants take their places on the second line and attempt to toss the marbles into the hole. The individual whose marble is closest to the hole has the first opportunity to play.
- Tossing the goli into the hole is one method of play.
- Each player provides two marbles to the game. The first player tosses all of the marbles with one hand, aiming for the entire board.
- Of the two marbles, one may fall in the hole while the other remains outside the hole, or both may remain outside the hole. The co-players then choose a marble, and the first player is instructed to hit the chosen stone with a marble that he owns. He will win all of the marbles in the hole if he succeeds. If he doesn’t, he gets the one he hits.
- With the remaining marbles, the following player has his turn.
- If all of the players’ marbles do not go into the hole on the first try, the second round begins, in which the players must strike out of the way of the other boys’ marbles and attempt to push the marble into the hole.
- The winner is the player who has the most marbles at the end of the game.
3. Another technique to play marble is as follows:
- The marbles are placed in a triangle to be played. With a chalk or a stick, a triangle is drawn on the ground. Then, around 7 feet away from where each person tries to hit the marble, a line is painted.
- So you’ll have to strike the marble. Whatever number of marbles you hit, they are yours, leaving less marbles in the triangle for the other players to hit.
4. Another option is to:
- With chalk or a stick, a square is drawn on the ground.
- The marbles have been arranged in a square.
- Each player takes a turn attempting to hit the stone.
- The amount of marbles that the player tries to roll out of the square after hitting is his. The game is won by the player who collects the most marbles.