Popular Games With Indian Origins

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By Atharv Sharma
Published Dec 21, 2021

Hindustan Times

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Chess

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Chess, one of the oldest games that originated in India, was originally known as 'Ashtapada.' During the reign of the Gupta Empire, the game was dubbed 'Chaturanga.'

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Ludo

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Ludo was first played in the 6th century, and the game was originally known as 'Pachisi'. Many historians point out that a depiction of this game can be found in the Ellora caves

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Polo

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Modern polo was founded in Manipur, India. Babur made the sport popular when he built the Mughal empire in the 15th century

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Snakes and ladders

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Originally known as Moksha Patam, it is an ancient Indian board game for two or more players constructed by Sant Gyandev in the 13th century

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Badminton

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Badminton is a direct descendant of poona, a game popularised in the 1860s by British army soldiers stationed in India

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