Game boards inscribed on temple floors are a clue to the wide spread popularity of games. In times gone by variety of board games were played by a whole cross section of population. If Chaduranga was a game of royal court, common man’s favourite was the simple Adu Huli Ata. The game of Sixteen Sepoys played on a beautiful geometric pattern as a board was a pastime of common soldier.
Many popular games of today like Chess, Pachisi or Ludo and Snakes and Ladders have originated in India. The modern day 64 squared chess played by two persons is a simplified version of 144 squared four handed ‘Chaduranga’ played by four with complex moves.
The range of games played have an astonishing variety and variations. These can be broadly classified as...
- Counting game - Aliguli Mane (Mancala)
- War game - Chaduranga & Sixteen Sepoys
- Race game - Pagade, Chauka Bara & Panchi
- Alignment game - Nava Kankari & Kattam Vilayattu
- Hunt game - Adu Huli Ata & Ane Kattu
- Solitary game - Nakshatra Ata & Seethadevi Ata
- Morality game - Paramapada & Devi Sayujya Ata