Mangatha (மங்காத்த):Indian Traditional Game
Mangatha is a very simple and popular card game, mainly played by adults by betting money, Kids play by betting tamarind seeds, matchbox labels, cigarette wrappers, bottle crowns, etc. It’s also known as “Ullae, Veliyae”.
The game begins with a player throwing all seven stones onto the ground. The stones are then arranged in a specific pattern, usually in a pyramid shape, and the player must pick them up one at a time in a specific order. The objective is to complete the tasks without making any mistakes, dropping any stones, or touching any other stone that is not part of the task.
Things required to Play
• Fair Playing cards – one deck
• 2 or more players
How To Play?
First the players fix the bet (E.g. Say both the players bet equal amount of tamarind seeds) and place it on the table where they play
One Player from the group shuffles the deck and asks anyone in the group to pick a number and ask him where he wants the card ullae(in) or veliyae(out) (E.g. Say the player selects number 8 and tells ullae)
Now the player who has the deck starts throwing the cards in open in the table in two sets, one is named as Ullae (in) and the other as Veliyae (out)
If the card with number selected by player 2 first falls in ullae set then the player who selected the number wins the game and he takes all the tamarind seeds, but if it falls in the veliyae set all the tamarind seeds goes to the person who throws the card.
The winner takes the entire bet in the table.
History Of Mangatha Game
Mangatha, also known as ‘Seven Stones’, is an ancient game played in India, especially in the southern regions of the country. The game is believed to have originated more than 5,000 years ago and has been a favorite pastime for children and adults alike for generations.
The game is played with seven stones, pebbles, or any small objects that can be easily held in one’s hand. The stones are usually rounded and smooth to allow for easy manipulation during gameplay. Mangatha can be played by two or more players, and the goal is to complete a set of tasks involving the stones.
Mangatha is an ancient game that has stood the test of time and remains a fun and engaging activity for people of all ages. It is a game that can be played with friends and family, and it provides an excellent opportunity for socializing and developing skills that are useful in daily life. If you have never played Mangatha before, give it a try and discover the joy and excitement of this traditional Indian game.