Golli Gundu is one of the popular traditional games of India. However, many parents are not supportive of this game as it is considered as one of the street games. A golli is a small spherical toy usually made from glass, clay, steel, plastic or agate available in varied diameters. Golli is also called as ‘Kanchey’ in North India and ‘Marble’ in English language.
Things Required to Play Golli Gundu
A set of golli about 1 cm in diameter.
A shallow hole and the hole is usually dug in an open ground.
The number of players can be two or more.
Rules and Regulations of Playing Golli Gundu
The rules and regulations of playing this traditional game are as follows:
Setting the Aim- Firstly, the player has to hold the golli firmly in the forefinger of the left hand. Then he has to stretch the finger back like a bow-string by the pressure of the forefinger of the right hand. And finally, the player has to shoot the golli by releasing the finger. While pushing the marble, one has to remember that the left thumb should firmly touch the ground.
The First Player- Two lines are drawn on the ground to decide the player who gets the first turn. One line is drawn about half a foot and the other three feet away from the hole. According to rule, the players are required to stand at the second line and throw their marbles into the hole. The person whose marble closest to the hole gets to play first.
Techniques of Playing the Golli Gundu
While playing the game, the aim of the player is to throw the golli into the hole.
Each player needs to contribute two gollies. The first player has to throw them together aiming at the hole using one hand. In those two gollies, one may fall in the hole and other outside the hole or both outside the hole.
Then the co players have to choose a golli, and then the first player is asked to hit the selected golli with another golli that belongs to him.
If the player manages to hit the target, he wins all the gollies in the hole. If not, he gets the one with which he hit.
The next player takes his turn with the remaining gollies.
If all the players’ marble does not go into the hole at the first try then the second try starts.
In the second try, the players are required to strike out of the way the goli thrown by the other boys.
The player who ends with the largest number of marbles is the winner.
Benefits of Playing Golli Gundu
This game is said to increase the aiming and concentration skills of the players. The game also improves one’s patience.
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