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Sitoliya or Lagori
Dabba Kali2.jpg
A game of Dabba Kali in Kerala
Setup time less than a minute
Playing time 3 minutes
Random chance Low
Skill(s) required Running, Observation, Speed, Strength, Throwing and concentration
Kids playing Lagori in a Bangalore street

Lagori, dikori or lagoori, also known as Lingocha, Pithu (Punjabi), Palli Patti (Karimnagar), Pitto (Rajasthan), Pittu (Bengal) or Satoliya (Madhya Pradesh) is a game in India involving a ball and a pile of flat stones, generally played between two teams in a large outdoor area. A member of one team (the seekers) throws a tennis ball at a pile of stones to knock them over. The seekers then try to restore the pile of stones while the opposing team (the hitters) throws the ball at them. If the ball touches a seeker, he is out and his team continues without him. A seeker can always safeguard himself by touching an opposite team member before the ball hits him.

Additional rules[edit]

These additional rules make the game even more interesting.

  • Clearly mark the boundary. If any of the seekers crosses it then he is out.
  • If the person trying to knock down the pile, cannot do it in three tries then he is out.
  • In any of the three tries, if the thrower's ball does not knock down the pile and is caught by an opponent after the first bounce then the thrower is out.
  • Each team contains equal number of players.
  • Piles of flat stones contain 7 stones.
  • tamilnadu is known to be the main player

Alternative names[edit]

Olapanthu - ball made of coconut leaves - used to play the game in Kerala

In other parts of the country, the same game is known several other names:

In popular media[edit]

  • In the grand season finale of TVF Triplings, a popular Indian mini internet series made by TVF (The Viral Fever), a game of SPL (Satoliya Pitto Lagori) acts as the glue that brings together a group of estranged siblings.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cohen, Noam. "When Knowledge Isn’t Written, Does It Still Count?" The New York Times. August 7, 2011. Retrieved on September 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Seven stones (ஏழு கல்லு)
  3. ^ "Season finale - Season 1 episode 5 - TVF Triplings with Tata Tiago". TVF - The Viral Fever media Labs. Retrieved 13 October 2016.  External link in |website= (help)

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