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Gilli Thanda (Kittipulla)

Gilli Thanda (Kittipulla)

Gilli Danda or Guli Danda, Lippa, S-Cianco, is a

traditional amateur sport, popular among rural youth

in the Indian subcontinent and southern Europe. It is

also know as dangguli in Bangla chinni-dandu in

Kannada, kuttiyum kolum in Malayalam, viti-dandu in

Marathi, kitti-pullu in Tamil, gooti-billa in Telugu, and 
Lappa-Duggi in Pashto. This sport is generally played

in the rural and small towns of the Indian subcontinent.


The rules are different everywhere and you can have

fun making your own rules. Imagine a game like

cricket or baseball but without a ball!
That's what 'Gilli Danda' is.


Thing Required:

  • Gilli Danda requires two wooden sticks - a 'Gilli'
    and a 'Danda'. The 'Gilli' is a small wooden piece
    which is about three inches long and
    'Danda' - a stick, about 2 feet in length, is used
    to strike the Gilli.

  • 4+ Player

  • Open groud

How to play:

  • A small circle of four feet diameter is drawn. In the
    centre a small oblong shaped hole is dug which
    should be smaller than the gilli.

  • Two teams are formed. One bat and the other

  • Fielders stand in a position from where they can
    catch the gilli.

  • The first player places the gilli in the hole and lifts
    it quickly high in the air with the danda and then
    strikes it. If he fails at first, he gets another turn.
    If the fielder catches the gilli before it touches the 
    ground, the batsman is out and the second player
    tries to hit the gilli. If the gilli is not caught, then the distance from the hole to the place where the gilli falls is measured with the danda. Each danda equals one point.

  • The fielder stands where the gilli had fallen and tosses it to the batsman. The batsman tries to hit the gilli while it is in the air. If it falls in the circle then he is out, if it falls outside the circle then he taps the tapered end and lifts it in the air and strikes while it is in the air. He gets three chances to hit the gilli. If he does not hit it, or is caught, he is out.

  • The game continues till all batsmen are out. The team changes side and continues the same way. The team with higher score wins.

Warning :  

Gilli danda is a very dangerous game to play. Many a times the "Gilli" can go astray and hit one of the players or passersby, so it needs to be played carefully so that no players or passers get hurt.