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Published May 25, 2016 Updated July 14, 2023

Guru Ganjifa

Sunish Chabba is working on an initiative to revive traditional Ganjifa, the card game most popular 17th Century India.

2016 India Sunish Chabba Kickstarter Ganjifa Add to Collection

Sunish Chabba is working on an initiative to revive traditional Ganjifa, the card game most popular 17th Century India. This will be the first production of a deck based on Dashavatara Ganjifa using Casino grade card and finish making it a unique and rare occurrence. The cards have been custom illustrated by hand. The deck will include a booklet referencing the history of playing cards including Ganjifa, and the games people used to play with the deck. You can support this unique and worthwhile project on Kickstarter here

“Guru Ganjifa” designed by Sunish Chabba, 2016

Above: All images courtesy Sunish Chabba.

The “Guru Ganjifa” deck consists of 130 cards, of which 120 are used in play. The other ten contain information about the avatars of Lord Vishnu. Each of the ten suits contains cards numbered 1 through 10 plus two face cards, a total of twelve cards per suit. The face cards are the Mantri (similar to the Jack) and the Raja (similar to the King).

“Guru Ganjifa” designed by Sunish Chabba, 2016
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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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