All the recreational clubs of Nagpur like Gondwana club, C.P. Club and Maharaj Bag clubs have special sections cordoned off for serious gamblers where the stakes are as high as lakhs per bid.
Many communites like Marwaris, Punjabis, Sindhis and Gujarathis have private Card parties where minimum bidding is in Rs. 500/ notes, it is learnt.
Needless to add, drinks flow freely too as such places, with platters of non vegetarian snacks.
It is believed that the game of dice was invented by Lord Shiva itself and it was played between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati the very first time. It was stated by Lord Shiva to Goddess Parvati, “O Devi! I have created the game of dice for those who want to play it for time pass, for those who want to amass sudden wealth and to destroy the wealth of someone”.
As per Hindu religious books, it was the day of Kartik Pratipada when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati played the game of dice the very first time. It is believed that the day of Kartik Pratipada, which is also known as Bali Pratipada andGovardhan Puja, is blessed by Goddess Parvati herself. Hence whoever plays Dyuta Krida on this day is blessed by Goddess Parvati.
Dyuta Krida is a must ritual on the day of Kartik Pratipada which is also the first day of Hindu Samvat year and known asGujarati New Year.
Many people play Dyuta on Diwali night which has no religious significance. None of the religious books mention gambling on Diwali night. The reason, why religious books suggest playing Dyuta, is not that it is an auspicious day to win but it is the day to forecast for the coming year. If someone wins in the game of Dyuta on Kartik Pratipada then the whole year would be good for that person and if someone loses then it is omen of bad luck in coming year.