Ancient Indian Board Games
Booklet of ancient Indian Board Games - Raamesh Gowri Raghavan
A booklet of ancient Indian board games with board diagrams and descriptions of play. Bilingual in English and Marathi.
Board games have been played since antiquity in India. The earliest evidence for board games has been in the form of cubical terracotta dice excavated from several Harappan sites. Long dice and cowrie shells were also used as dice in ancient times. There are plentiful references to board games in literature as well as in sculpture and painting; indeed, you can find game boards scratched into the floors of many old temples and caves, especially in South India. The 2017 edition of the Annual CEMS-INSTUCEN Trust Mega-Exhibition of Archaeology and Geology introduced a new section on Ancient Indian Games. It included games like Wagh-Bakri (Tiger and Goat), Navakankari (Nine Men’s Morris), Mokshapatam, Chaupar, Pachisi and many more.