5 Sports And Games That Are Originated In India

India is a global leader in many fields, it’s pioneer of modern science, spirituality, yoga, and sports. Today we are going to talk about various games that are famous all over the globe and are originated in India.

So Let’s Take A Look At 5 Sports And Games That Are Originated In India!

1. Carrom

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Although there is no concrete or written evidence, it is believed that Carrom originated in India. A Carrom made of glass is still available in one of the palaces in Patiala, India. In 1988 the International Carrom federation was formed in Chennai, India. The game has become very popular in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Indians living in Europe and the United States have introduced the game and also made it popular there. The board pieces available abroad are exported from India.

2. Kabaddi

An outdoor or contact sport Kabaddi was originally known as Chadukudu in Tamil Nadu, its place of origin. Now the word Kabaddi is also derived from  the Tamil word “Kai-pidi” which means to hold hands. The sport takes various names regionally, it’s called chedugudu in Andhra Pradesh, kauddi in Punjab, bhavatik in Maldives and hadudu in Bangladesh, but interestingly it is the national sport.

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3. Ludo

The game Pachisi as it’s called in India originated in the 6th century. The earliest evidence of this game in India is the depiction of boards on the games of Ajanta. When the Mughals invaded India they started playing the scheme in fact historians say, but this game was one of the favorites of Akbar The Great. In England, Pachisi was modified using six sided dice and patented as Ludo in 1896.

4. Snakes And Ladders

Snakes And Ladders a popular board game in ancient India was called Moksha Patam. While regionally the names differed. It went to England as Snakes and Ladders who in turn introduced it to the United States as Chutes and Ladders. The game is associated with traditional Hindu philosophy of Karma. The board was covered with symbolic images, the top featuring gods and divinity while the rest of the board was covered with pictures of animals, flowers and people. Ladders were less in number compared to the number of snakes to remind people that the good path is very difficult while it’s easy to sin. Reaching the last square of the number hundred represented the attainment of Moksha or Salvation.

5. Chess

Chess that we play today is the latest version of the Indian game Chaturanga. Chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games Shogi, Xiangqi, Janggi. An ancient Indian strategy game, it was developed in th Gupta Empire around the sixth century AD. However its earliest representation can be found in Indian mythology in the seventh century it was adopted as “Shatranj” in Persia which in turn was the form of chess brought to late medieval Europe. Chaturanga was played on an eight by eight uncheckered board called Ashtapada. The names Chaturanga comes from a battle formation mentioned in the Indian epic Mahabharata. It refers to the four divisions of enemy elephants, horse chariots, cavalry and infantry

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