Pittu ( Seven Stones)
Seven Stones is one of the oldest games of the Indian subcontinent whose history dates back to the Bhagwat Purana, a Hindu religious text that is declared to be written 5,000 years ago. God Krishna is said to have played the game with his friends 5000 years ago. For more than 5,000 years, this traditional sport has been played. It is believed to have originated in the southern parts of the Indian subcontinent.
An individual from one team throws a ball at a pile of stones to knock them over. When the pile of stones is destroyed, the seekers must keep themselves safe from the opposing team’s throws. By hitting the seekers with the ball, the hitters hope to prevent them from reconstructing the stone pile. In the event that the ball touches a seeker, that seeker is out and the team from which the seeker originated proceeds without it. The seeker can always safeguard themselves by touching an opposing team member before the ball hits them.
- Stack the seven wooden blocks to form a tower,
- Divide the players into two equal teams
- The game begins as one team throws the ball at the tower from about 7- 10 meters away, trying to knock it over.
- If the thrower misses the toe wer, he/ she is out for the rest of the game, and another player from the same team tries to throw.
- If the tower is knocked over, the opponent team must retrieve the ball, and throw it at the fire st team players, trying to hit them all out of the game one at a time. The ball must hit the player below the Knee, only.
- In the meantime, the team which knocked over the tower must re-construct it, avoiding them, of course.
- The second team cannot run without the ball, but may only pass it around seeking a better position to hit a player from the first team.
- This continues until either the first team is eliminated or the tower is reconstructed. whereupon the team cries Pitto/Lagori and gets one pont.
- After this, the teams change position, and the game may be played for as many rounds as desired.