Lambs and tigers

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Lambs and tigers game
Three variations of empty grids on which this game can be played
GenresBoard game
Leopard hunt game
Setup time< 1 min
Playing time< 1 hour
SynonymsAadu puli aatam (Tamil), Huli Katti or Aadu Huli Aata(Kannada) or Pulijudam

The lambs and tigers game locally referred as the game of goats and tigers (Tamil: Āḍu-puli āṭṭam, Telugu: Mē̃ka-puli āṭa, Kannada: Āḍu-huli āṭa) or Telugu: Pulijūdam, is a strategic, two-player (or 2 teams) leopard hunt game that is played in south India. The game is asymmetric in that one player controls three tigers and the other player controls up to 15 lambs/goats. The tigers 'hunt' the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers' movements.[1]


  • This is the ancient game played in the southern part of India, especially in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & the Telugu states.
  • The board is drawn on the parapet inside the mahadwara of the Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Betta (hill) in Mysore, Karnataka
  • This game helps people to develop strategy and the concept of teamwork by teaching that even though weak, if united, one can vanquish the stronger enemy as a team.
  • This game is very similar to the Korean game of yut.


  • ஆடு புலி ஆட்டம் [āḍu puli āṭṭam] (the goat and tiger game) – Tamil
  • పులిమేఁకాట [pulimē̃kāṭa] (the tiger and goat game) / పులిజూదము [pulijūdamu] (tiger gambling) – Telugu
  • ಹುಲಿಘಟ್ಟ [hulighaṭṭa] (tiger game) / ಆಡು-ಹುಲಿ [āḍu-huli] (goat-tiger) / ಹುಲಿ ಕಟ್ಟಿ [huli kaṭṭi] (encage the tiger) – Kannada

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  1. ^ "Aadu Puli Aatam: The 'tiger and goat' game in Tamil Nadu's temples". The Bridge. 2022-07-26. Archived from the original on 2023-10-12. Retrieved 2023-10-11.

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