Seven Stones: A Traditional Game in India

Seven stones is a traditional game in India that is played across the country. It is an ancient game, also known as Lagori. It is somewhat similar to dodge ball, but it has extra features and is even more aggressive. Want to learn how to play seven stones? Keep reading!

How to Play the Seven Stones Game

In order to play this stone game you need:

  • A ball
  • Seven stones that can be piled on top of each other
  • A minimum of 2 to 4 players on each team

There can be any number of players for this game as long as each team has an equal number of players. The more players on each team, the greater the fun!

A group of boys in India give the thumbs up sign

Set boundaries for the playing field, and pile the seven stones on top of one another in the center of the boundary area.

Three boys kneel on the ground, stacking seven stones

A coin toss usually decides which team starts the game.

Two teams line up, shaking hands before playing the Seven Stones Game

The first team begins by trying to knock over the stones with a ball from a particular distance. This team gets three chances from three different players to knock over the pile of stones. If they are unable to knock over the pile of stones in three tries, it becomes the other team’s turn.

A group of boys stands around a stack of seven stones, one boy throwing a ball towards the stones.

However, if they successfully knock over the stones, the game begins.

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After the first team knocks the stones over, the second team will get the ball and try to hit players from the opposing team below their knees. This is somewhat similar to dodge ball.

A boy throws a ball, with other boys standing behind him

At the same time, the first team will try to restack the pile of stones and trace a circle around them three times with their finger. They try to do this before the other team knocks all of their players out. If they succeed, they get one point and also the chance to hit the stones again.

Children crouch on the ground, stacking seven stones

However, if they fail to do this and all players are out, the defending team will gain the point and they will now have a turn to hit the pile of stones.

When the defending team tries to throw the ball at the opposing team, they must not move around with the ball in their hands. The player with the ball must stand in the place where he or she caught the ball and throw it. The ball should not remain in the player’s hands for more than 60 seconds.

A boy in a red shirt prepares to throw a tennis ball

This player can also pass the ball to other members on his team.

If the seven stones are knocked over in such a way that only few stones are disrupted, the players can restack them in no time and have a higher chance to win the game.

We hope you enjoyed learning more about the seven stones game! Games, toys and play are so important in the lives of children — particularly for those growing up in poverty. Learn why!


NOTE FROM EDITOR: This content honors Compassion’s historical work in India. While we no longer have an India sponsorship program, we are grateful for the lives changed and meaningful work achieved through our sponsors and donors in our nearly 50 years there. Learn more about our work in Asia.

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    Krishnan V November 13, 2018

    Brings back fond memories. Fun fun game. Used to be very good at knocking off just a tile or two 🙂 A google search for a game we called back then “seventies?” brought me to this blog. 🙂 Now that I look the picture above, it is likely that “seven tiles” could be the right name. Now I am lost on why in the world this game came to my mind all of a sudden. Crazy mind. 🙁

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    Kalah August 14, 2012

    I sponsor a girl from India and she tells me the games she play with her friends in her letters! It is exciting to see a game played in India on this post. This game is seems fun and it is just like dodge ball, but different!

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    Sonlife August 14, 2012

    wish i could help

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