Intricately carved traditional Chaukabara game board by the woodcraft artisans of Saharanpur in UP. The natural grains of wood are quiet evidence of our obsession for quality.

History: Chauka Bara is a traditional board game played during the era of the kings. It is a 'Race Game' where in two to four players race their respective coins on a board of 7x7 squares to reach the inner most square. It is known by various other names like Katte Mane in Kannada, Pakidakal or Kavidi Kali in Malayalam, Ashta Chamma in Telugu, Daayam or Thaayam in Tamil, and Kanna Duaa in Hindi. This game is mostly popular in South India. It belongs to the Parcheesi family and is said to be a precursor to the modern day Ludo. 

  • 1 Board Game
  • 4 sets of 4coins (total 16) + 6 Cowries (the traditional turning technique of Channapatna has been used to create these stunningly beautiful pawns using organic colours)
  • 1 Play Instruction Leaflet.
How to Play: 
This game can be played by either 2, 3 or 4 players. Each player gets 4 coins of same colour and keeps it in his home.
The movement of coins is controlled by throw of four cowrie shells, hence it is a game of chance. Since each player has four coins, he can decide which coin to move, hence it also comes under strategical games.

Goal: To reach ones all 4 coins to innermost square, first.

  • The game creates opportunity for interaction among the players.
  • Young player learn to count and hone their strategizing and decision making skills.
  • Children learn to plan their moves and learn to be patient as they wait to take their turns.
  • Children learn to plan their moves and learn the concepts.
  • The board game makes a great "executive desktop trinket" that can stimulate creativity, challenge the mind, or rattle the nerves! 

Craft Story:

Popularly known as the ‘sheesham wood village’ Saharanpur is home to some of India's finest wood carvers.   Dating back to about 400 years in Mughal period, some craftsmen came from Kashmir and settled down in Saharanpur and took this work to earn their bread and butter. Gradually this art got extended amongst common man in Saharanpur. 

The pawns of the board game are made by Channapatna Wood Craft artisans of Karnataka. The wooden pawns are coloured with natural dyes and finished with natural lac. 

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