How did our ancestors pass their time?

by Shatika, April 2, 2016

They played games! Ancient India has to its credit many pastimes some which are forgotten but others we love to remember. A game called Kridapatram in ancient times; in middle ages, it was known as Ganjifa. The mean lean pack of cards!


Ancient India have been the origin of Judo Karate, it was called as Kalaripayate. The art has travelled along with the monks who walked to spread the Buddhist religion.


Pachisi: Akbar and his contemporaries usually played this game on a traditional piece of cloth. It is a board game that was invented in Ancient India; it includes two teams of two players each on both sides, with their pawns, which adds a strategy that the player follows to win. Akbar and his contemporaries usually played this game on a traditional piece of cloth.


The sixteenth century Indian game of Vaikuntapaali — also known as Leela—was a tool for teaching morality and spirituality. In the original version, the climbing of a ladder was supposed to show players the value of good deeds in the search for enlightenment; the chutes—or snakes—were meant to show that vices such as theft and murder would bring spiritual harm to the sinner.


A precursor to Tick-Tack-Toe, Nine Men’s Morris


Tokkudu Billa, kunte bille or our own hopscotch


The Mogul Emperor Akbar I played the game on a giant board, using slave-girls instead of pieces. Chaupat or later known as Pachisi


Chaturanga—which dates from as far back as the seventh century A.D.—is the common ancestor of all the modern versions of chess


Carrom –The queen takes it all!


When conversation stops games begin. Torches are made to be lit; jewels to wear; games to play!

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