A player is chosen to be Krishna by reciting one Hare Krishna mantra. He takes in His hand a big peacock feather (or a big leaf or flower representing a peacock feather) so that the other players can easily recognize Him. He runs a little bit ahead, and then all the other children, the cowherd boys, must try to tag Him first. Whoever tags Krishna becomes the next Krishna, and the previous Krishna becomes one of the cowherd boys. The previous Krishna must hand the peacock feather to the new Krishna while still running and let Him get a little bit ahead before trying to tag Him. Then everyone runs after the new Krishna. The players must keep careful track of who is Krishna at each stage of the game.