There are many traditional sports in India. India is famous for various sports and outdoor games. According to other nations of the world, India also has its own traditional sports culture which is the carrier of their culture. It is known that I was talking about traditional Indian games which come from different religions and different parts of the country. Many traditional outdoor sports are played in India such as cricket, gili-danda, pallanguji, hockey, lawn tennis, soccer etc.
Kho Kho Games is one of the oldest traditional outdoor games in India. The game is played between two teams. Kho kho is one of the most popular sports in the Indian subcontinent, followed by kabaddi. Though originated in India, Kho Kho is now widely played throughout South Asia, even in South Africa, Pakistan and England. This competitive sport is equally popular today in the mental development of children and adolescents.
Cricket is the most popular sport in India. The country has also won the Cricket World Cup. The hockey field is the most successful sport for India in the Olympics. The Indian men’s team has won eight Olympic gold medals. Kabaddi is the most popular domestic sport in the country.
Let see best traditional outdoor games in India
A childhood game was played in Kancha in India. Other names for the game include Golli, Marble, I Got, and Lakshot. It started in the Harappan era. The game uses round glass marble or raw. Several people can take part in this game. The purpose is to collect the maximum number of marbles by hitting the selected one with the other one. The winner takes home all the marbles of the other players.
Pallanghuji or Pallankuli is a traditional ancient Mankala game played in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The games later spread to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in India, as well as other places, including Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The forms are called Ali Guli Mane (in Kannada), Baman Guntalu (in Telugu) and Kujhipara (in Malayalam). The game is played by two players, a wooden board with a total of fourteen pits (hence the name from the word fourteen pits (Pathinalam Kujhi). Contains small pebbles that are used as counters. The game is popular with children and the elderly. The game encourages children to learn to count, improve eye-hand coordination and concentration while playing, and for older people at home to spend time with younger family members. For.
3. Gili Danda / Lippa
Gili Dand is an older version of modern day baseball and cricket. Its fame once matched that of Indian cricket. For this there are only two sticks of unequal size. The small stick is called gili and the other one used for hitting is called gili called danda. The object is a stick in the air with a flipped gill. When the gill is in the air, the player must hit it with the stick as far as possible. The player must hit a predetermined point before the opponent can get his hands on it. It can be played by many people at once.
Kabaddi is a team sport that requires no equipment, only agility and strength. It originated in India and is now played worldwide. Kabaddi Hindi means to hold one’s breath. Players form two teams of 7 to 12 members each. The field of the team opposite the players of a team has to be broken. In doing so, they need to try and touch the opposing players as much as possible. ‘Touch’ players are declared out. At the end of the game, the team with the lowest number of players is declared the winner.
5. Seven stones / Pitthu Gara
A game of seven stones involves a ball from the Indian subcontinent and a pile of flat stones, usually played between two teams in an outdoor area. It is played in the village today.
A team member (The Searcher) throws a ball into a pile of rocks to shoot. The searchers then tried to recover a pile of rocks while being safe from the opposing team (The Report).
The purpose of the hitters is to hit the seekers with the ball before reconstructing the pile of rocks. If the ball touches a finder, the finder goes out and the team that came from the finder is without the finder. A seeker can always defend himself by touching a member of the opposite team before hitting the ball finder.
Chain is another fun children’s game. If there are more players, it is more fun to play this game. When Denar catches someone, he joins hands with Denar to form a chain. They try to catch the rest of the members together. So, the caught members continue to join the chain formation until all the players are caught.
7. Kho kho
Kho Kho is a team game that started in India. It gained popularity in 1933 when the All Maharashtra Shererika Shiksha Mandal implemented its rules. It has two teams with nine contestants. The members of the chasing team sit on the ground in straight rows of alternate players in opposite directions. The raiders had to catch members of the opposition before the deadline.
8. Hide and seek / hide
The source of this game is unknown. It is usually played under different names around the world. Players hide in pre-determined locations. To get time to hide from other players, ‘Dener’ has to close his eyes and announce the numbers aloud. After that, the diner will have to look for secret players. Anyone can play this game.
9. Dogs and bones
Dogs and Bones A kids game consists of two teams of 5 or more players each. An object like a handkerchief or a stick is designated as ‘bone’. One member of each team moves forward to surround the bone placed in the middle of the playground. The purpose is to restore the bone without going into the hands of another player.
10. Maram back
Maram Pithi is like Dodgeball. It has two teams with a number of players. This game requires a huge area to play. The players of a team form a circle and hit the opposing team members who enter the circle with a ball. Opposing players hit and avoid the ball and those who hit the ball are declared ‘out’.
The mere mention of games like raw, lager, and kho kho is sure to make you nostalgic about your own childhood.
11. Nondi / Hopscoach
This hopping game is also called stapu, a popular outdoor game. In Tamil Nadu, it goes by the name Nandi. The game involves drawing a grid on the ground and its numbers. Players take turns and usually throw an object over a small stone numbered block. They have to cross the blocks to pick up the object jumping on one / two legs to finish in the lap taking care not to fall on the border line. This is a group game.
Pachisi is a cross and circle board game that originated in ancient India. In the ancient text Mahabharata it is described as “Pasha”. It is played on a symmetrical cross-shaped board. Depending on the six or seven cowry shell thrown, a player’s piece revolves around the board, where the number of shells rests with an upward aperture indicating the number of transfers.
The name of the game is derived from the Hindi word paccīs, meaning “twenty-five”, the highest score that can be thrown with a cowry shell; So this game is also known as Twenty-Five. There are other versions of this game where the highest score of thirty can be thrown.
Chaupar, Chopar, or Choupad is a cross and circle board game similar to the one played in India. The board is made of wool or cloth, wooden claws and seven shells are used to determine each player’s move, while others use three four-sided long dice to separate the Chaupar from the pachisi. Diversity is played across India. It is similar in some ways to Pachisi, Parchisi, and Ludo. The game is played by the elderly in most of the villages in Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan.
The game is usually played in a gossipy manner, and it is very common for players to ridicule each other’s game just before throwing a chorus, or to try to confuse their opponent by sniffing, sniffing, pretending to spit, or making unreasonable noises. “Curse” or plunder of the opponent’s turn.
If a player does not have a Thor at the end of the game (to kill at least one pan) then that player is known to have lost with Bay-Thor, which is the most embarrassing form of losing.
14. Lambs and Tigers
The game of lamb and tiger is a popular game in India. The game of lamb and tiger is locally known as the game of goat and tiger or Pulijudam, a tactical, two-player (or 2 team) leopard hunt. That game is played in South India. The game is asymmetrical in that one player controls three tigers and the other controls 15 sheep / goats. The tiger ‘hunts’ the goat when the goats try to block the movement of the tiger. It is an ancient game played in southern India, especially in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Kambala is a popular sport of Karnataka. Kambala Hall is an annual buffalo race that dominates the southwestern state of Karnataka. It is traditionally funded locally by the Tuluva zamindars and the people living in the combined areas of Kortak South Kannada Orpi and Kasargarh (Lotti) in Kerala.
The Kambala hope season usually begins in November and lasts until March. Self-organized through Kambala Samiti. At present there are 16 such associations. More than 45 villages are ruled on the coast of Tokar, including small remote villages like Gulvedi.
16. Kene (Naga wrestling)
Why or Naga Wrestling is the traditional game of Nagas. This is a folk wrestling style. It is closely related to the traditional Korean national game Ssireum. The purpose of the game is to bring any part of the opponent’s body to the ground above the knee.
Why the Nagas are performed by the Teni-mi ethnic group- Angami, Chakhesang and Jilliangrang of Nagaland and Mao, Maram and Pumai of Manipur.
Each wrestler wears a colorful cloth tied around the waist. Holding the opponent’s waist-binder with both hands, the wrestler must try to throw the other to the ground.
17. Poshampa Game
Poshampa is a popular sport. In this game, two people stand on top of their heads and hold each other’s hands. They also sang a song together. All the other kids come out from under their hands. When the song ends, they both lower their arms and any child caught in it is out of play.
18. Valam Kali
Valam Kali is one of the most popular sports in India. It is a traditional boat competition in Kerala, India. It is a form of canoe racing, and uses paddle fighting canoe. It is mainly conducted during the spring harvest season of Onam. There are many types of paddle longboats and ‘snake boat’ races in Vallam Kali. Each team spent around Rs 6 lakh for the Nehru Trophy.
The main event is the Chundan Vallam race (‘snake boat’, about 30-35 meters (100-120 feet) long with 64 or 128 paddlers ). That is why Ballam Kali is also called the snake boat competition and it is a major tourist attraction. Other types of boats that participate in various racing events are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthi Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam, Vadakkanodi Vallam and Kachu Vallam. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular Valam Kali event held at Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha in Kerala, India.