Ganjifa Cards of Sawantwadi has a unique identity in the world of classical arts. It is the stamp of a long lasting cultural heritage of the district. These cards are made up of circular papers with hand painted designs of Dashwatar (Ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu). The pack consists of 120 intricate cards with colourful box.
Royal family of Sawantwadi initiated these cards before 350 years. The royal family of Bhosle brought several skilful artists well versed in wood crafting and wood painting. These families were financially supported by the royal family and it is recorded that there were 45 families serving the Ganjifa Cards art during 1981.
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