Kanishka Dwivedi

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Rediscovering Gyan Chaupar: The Ancient Board Game That Inspired Snakes

Dice games have been played in India since the Shramanic period, with game boards and pieces discovered in the Indus Valley civilisation. Mohenjo-daro, Harappa, Lothal, Kalibangan, Alamgirpur, and other sites have discovered ivory and bone artifacts of various shapes and sizes, some with dots and regarded as “dice” and/or “gaming pieces”. Dice playing is also […]Read More

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Exploring the Ancient Strategy Game: A Deep Dive into Ashtapada

Ashtāpada, refers to the game’s 8×8 chekered-board. Patanjali mentioned this interpretation in a Mahābhāshya text from the second century. Literally translating, Ashtapada translates to “eight-legged” in Sanskrit. The Sutrakrilānga, an early Brahman book, explicitly denounced the game. The Vinayapitaka, a canonical Buddhist literature from the fourth or third century BC that introduces the Buddha’s Dialogues, […]Read More

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Chaturanga: Exploring Ancient Indian Board Games

Imagine you’re 11 years old and its summer vacation time. Everyone is sitting at home, sipping some cold drinks and ice popsicles. Suddenly someone says “Let’s play a game”.  The ‘cool’ kids would be playing Monopoly, Business, Uno, while the normal ones like you and me are playing Ludo, praying to God that may you […]Read More