Jhandi Munda is a gambling game which involves rolling a number of dice, usually six, and betting on which faces will show up. There are six different icons that appear on different faces of the dice. The icon that shows up the most number of times is the winning face.

You can see it being played in the video below. It is very popular in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and is traditionally played during the festival of Diwali.

Jhandi Munda is the only legal form of gambling in Arunachal Pradesh. Permits to host a betting kiosk cost around 10,000 rupees and they are only valid for three days during Diwali. It appears that the game is taken very seriously and people wager large sums of money when playing Jhandi Munda and stories of punters mortgaging households and losing valuables such as cars are not uncommon. There are no restrictions on who can bet and it is not unusual for young children of both sexes to partake.

India Bet now has an online version of this game!

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