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

History: This board game is played in south India. Adu Huli or Goats and Tigers was once a very popular game as we find this game pattern etched on stone floors of many old and ancient temples. The above game pattern is found on the parapet inside the mahadwara of the Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi Betta (hill) in Mysuru.

How to play: Goats and Tigers Game is a turn-based, strategic, two-player (or 2 teams) board game. The tigers hunt the goats and the goats attempt to block the movement of the tigers. 

Goal: The objective of the tiger is to hunt 5 or more goats and that of the goats is to surround and immobilize all the three tigers.

Contents:
  • 1 Game Board
  • Wooden Counters- 3 +16 (the traditional turning technique of Channapatna has been used to create these stunningly beautiful pawns using organic colours) 
  • 1 play instruction leaflet.
Benefits: This helps develop strategy and concept of team work by teaching that even though weak, if united, one can vanquish the stronger enemy as a team.

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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