Discover the essence of India’s cultural legacy with our Games of India Calendar. Each month unfolds a captivating narrative, showcasing traditional games like Chaupar and Kabaddi. Immerse yourself in the history, strategy, and joy encapsulated in these timeless games—a yearlong celebration of India’s rich heritage in play.


Chaupar, an antecedent to Ludo, was a common gambling sport in Akbar’s Fatehpur Sikri court. Also depicted in the Dhumar Lena Cave of Ellora.


Hailing from the Mauryan Empire, Gilli Danda has evolved into a popular game transcending borders and travelling to nearby countries as well.


Once widespread in Rajasthan, Kancha now lingers in the memories of older generations, providing a nostalgic look into traditional play.


Kho-Kho, a seemingly simple sport, traces its roots to the Mahabharata, inspired by Abhimanyu’s valour in the ‘Chakravyuha.’


Mentioned in the list of games Gautam Buddha would not play, it is an ancestral form of Chaturanga and in turn Chess.


Polo, believed to have its roots in Manipur, India, was popularised by Babur during the Mughal empire in the 15th century.


Pallanguzhi, an arithmetic mancala, originated in the Chola dynasty’s temple courtyards, present-day Tamil Nadu.


Originating in Tamil Nadu, Kabaddi gained global recognition at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. 


Snakes and Ladders, a global favourite, originated from the Indian game Gyan Chaupar or Moksha Patamu.


Lattoo is a traditional spinning top game, attached with a string for spinning and involves mastery in palm play. 


Krida Patram, the game of cards, originated in ancient India and it enjoyed royal patronage. 


Lagori, or Pithoo, is an Indian origin game transcending borders with its universal joy. Played in over 30 nations.

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