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Pachgarhwa DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, Sow, Two rows


Pachgarhwa is a two-row mancala-style board game played in central India during the early twentieth century.


2x5 board. Five counters in each hole. Sowing occurs in an anti-clockwise direction. When the final counters of a sowing lands in a hole, the contents of the next hole are picked up and sowing continues. When the final counter lands in a hole, and the next hole, from which sowing would normally continue, is empty, the player captures any counters in the next hole after the empty one. and the turn ends. Play continues until no more captures are possible, and the player who captured the most counters wins.

Humphries 1906: 125.



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Murray 1951: 169.

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Humphries, E. de M. 1906. Notes on "Pachesi" and similar games, as played in the Karwi Subdivision, United Provinces. Journal and Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. 2(4): 117–127.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

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