The people have played games as long the sun has been shining upon us. We could not live without games and even now people love to play. They are addicted to it. We have heard of chess, carom, polo, the martial arts of the south and of course playing cards. The dice game in which the Pandavas lost Draupadi. Lord Shiva and Parvati liked to play pachisi, The mughal kings liked a quiet game of chess in the afternoon. The cowry or tamarind seeds were used as dice.
Chess: Chess was invented by Indians in ancient India and was called as Chatur-anga which means 4 bodied, as it was played by 4 players. From this name we have its current name Shatranj. This game was known to India, nearly 3,000 years ago. Chess has its great player from India.
Card Games: Ancient India was the birthplace of card games and since then a large number of card games are played all over the world. Games such as blackjack, baccarat and poker are famous all over the world. This game was patronized by the nobility and royalty. This game was called as Kridapatram in ancient times; in middle ages, it was known as Ganjifa
Martial Arts: Ancient India have been the origin of Judo Karate, it was called as Kalaripayate. The art has travelled to the east along with the spread of the Buddhist religion. Buddhist monks spread this art form with them. This technique of defense was very helpful for them as they travelled individually or in small groups. They were a lot of bandits.
Pachisi: It is a board game that was invented in Ancient India, it has 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.
Polo: India is said to have set a base for the modern Polo. In the 15th century, Babur made the sport popular when he founded the Mughal Empire. The Britisher’s took it upon them to make the sport popular which was just played in the areas of Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir.
Snakes and Ladders: Known as Moksha Patam, the game of Snakes and Ladders originated in India. Snakes and Ladders was a game which was based on the principle of ‘karma’ and the role of fate. As you sow you reap, the concept was the main idea behind the game. The game developed to its present game of numbers much later, as morals have no value. That is also the big difference in the times we live in.
The world of games is fun and we must play them whenever we find time. Play hard and work hard is the motto of the twentieth century youth. Games are no alien to us only the forms have change. All these games are now in modern computerized modules or in board boxes.