Puli Meka Rules
“Puli Meka,” also known as “Tiger Goat” or “Aadu Huli Aata” in various regions of India, is a traditional two-player board game that is typically played on a square board with a grid-like pattern. The game is popular in South India, especially in the state of Karnataka. Here are the rules to play Puli Meka:
- Puli Meka board: A square board divided into a 5×5 grid, with 25 intersections.
- 3 tigers and 15 goats: The tigers are usually represented by larger tokens, and the goats are represented by smaller tokens.
Objective: The objective of Puli Meka is different for each player:
- The player controlling the tigers aims to capture the goats by jumping over them.
- The player controlling the goats aims to trap the tigers in such a way that they cannot move.
- Place the Puli Meka board between the two players, with the grid lines aligned.
- One player controls the three tigers, placing them initially on three intersections of the board.
- The other player controls the fifteen goats, placing them initially on the remaining intersections.
- The players take turns to make their moves, starting with the player controlling the goats.
- Goat Moves:
- A goat can move to any adjacent intersection that is connected by a line, similar to moves in checkers.
- Goats can never move diagonally.
- The goats’ objective is to surround the tigers and restrict their movement.
- Tiger Moves:
- A tiger can move to any adjacent intersection that is connected by a line, just like the goats.
- Additionally, tigers can jump over a goat that is adjacent to them and capture it. The tiger must have an empty intersection immediately beyond the goat to make this capture move.
- Tigers can make multiple successive jumps over goats if the landing position is unoccupied, capturing each goat in the process.
- The tigers’ objective is to capture as many goats as possible.
- When a tiger captures a goat, the goat is removed from the board and considered out of the game.
- The captured goats are not returned to play.
- The tigers win the game if they capture at least six goats, leaving the remaining goats unable to trap them.
- The goats win the game if they manage to surround the tigers in such a way that the tigers cannot make any legal moves.
Puli Meka is a strategic and engaging game that requires careful planning and anticipation of your opponent’s moves. It is a game of skill and tactics that has been passed down through generations and remains a beloved pastime in certain regions of India.