Lagori (Seven Stones)

Lagori (Seven Stones)


Lagori is an Indian rural sport played with as many players as possible to fit in the ground.
It has two teams, one aiming and the other controlling the ball catching the ball and hitting the aiming team players

The game starts with aiming the ball at the small pyramid made up of  seven pieces of small circular tiles piled one above the other in a small circular mark. The aim has to be taken standing behind the line drawn at some distance from the stones.

The fielders attempts to catch the ball which bounces off the ground. If caught by fielding team without ball  touching the ground the player is dismissed. He gets another chance if not dismissed. Also after a maximum of 3 chances the hitter is dismissed.
In case the aim breaks the piled stones the team in the field has to pass on the ball to each other without moving the feet on the ground to again dismiss the aiming team players before the stones are piled once again without getting hit.


History
Seven Stones, one of the most ancient games of the Indian subcontinent whose history dates back to the Bhagwata Purana, a religious text that is said to be written 5000 years ago, mentions Lord Krishna playing the game with his friends. Also known as ‘Lagori,’ this traditional sport is played by both girls and boys in rural as well urban areas all over the Indian subcontinent since the last 5 milleniums. Believed to have been originated in the southern parts of India, Lagori goes by several names across the country, differing from region to region. A recreational game, Lagori is often played in teams of two with minimum four players on each side of the team. Considered to be a humorous, simple and economical game,[2] the game is now almost extinct with very few people playing the game. A game that often boasts of being the more aggressive version of Dodgeball, Lagori used to be one of the most popular outdoor sports in India during the 90’s and slowly reduced in popularity due to lack of open grounds and the innovation of technology that has children glued to their electronic devices. Having lost its importance in the recent times, there are still times when kids are often spotted in villages playing the sport and keeping the folk culture of the country alive and not let it die in history.


This game allows children to not only blow off some steam and play outdoors, but also provides a place for social interaction between other children who come to play. This game helps to develop and hone aiming skills, strategy building skills, and teamwork in children.They learn to compete among one another in a healthy environment and also learn to accept defeat and by understanding true sportsmanship. 
  


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