The colorful and precisely hand-painted Ganjifa cards are made of different sizes which has been played from centuries. The decoration of the cards depends on any set of arrangements made by the artist. In Sawantwadi, the designs of Ganjifa cards are mainly based on Dashavatara motifs, which are the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. The cost of Sawantwadi hand painted cards is Rs1500 for 120 cards whereas cost of hand painted with Mughal motifs is Rs1200 for 90 cards.
Sawantwadi Ganjifa cards are four types based on,
• Dashavatara ganjifa cards - Lord Vishnu, there are the ten embodiments and general cards
• Bazaar ganjifa cards
• Darbari ganjifa cards
• Nine planets (Navagraha) ganjifa cards
1. Dashavatara is the ten embodiments with ten suits of Lord Vishnu: each having 12 cards.
2. Bazaar Ganjifa Cards are without borders. The cost of cards is not expensive.
3. Darbari Ganjifa Cards have decorative borders and the cost of cards is expensive.
4. Nine planets (Navagraha) Cards with the stories related to the nine planets.