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5 Popular Games That Were Invented in India

Posted on : March 03, 2018

When we talk about sports, India has been a significant name since the ancient time. Different types of popular games and sports have been invented in India, each rich in terms of concept, structure, and strategy. Just like the country is known for around the world –  its diverse culture; there is a variety of sports and games as well. Being in the time where gadgets and play stations are an integral part of our lives, we tend to forget the classic games of our country, the games which have been incepted in India. These games not only make us realize the importance of physical fitness but mental fitness too.


We have listed down five games which now are not only limited to the country but have made a place for themselves around the globe.

  1. Chess

Originated in India, it is believed that the history of Chess, which was initially called as Chaturanga, goes 2000 years back. It later spread to other countries of the world like Persia and from there to Europe. It is said that Chess marked its significance at the time of Mughals, where it became highly popular and the name was then changed to Shatranj.


  1. Kho Kho

Started back at the time of Mahabharat, it is believed that at first Kho Kho was played on Ratha (Chariot). By the 20th century, Kho Kho was revolutionized and is now played with two teams of six people competing against each other. Kho Kho is derived from Sanskrit word where it means Get Up and Go. Kho Kho had made its entry at international level in Asian Championship in 2016.


  1. Kabaddi

Kabaddi derived from Tamil word Kai which means hand and Pidi which means hold is believed to be originated from the time of Mahabharata. Kabaddi is described using different names at different places like in Maharashtra, Telangana, and Karnataka it is called Kabaddi whereas in the Maldives it is known as Bhavatik. In Eastern India, it is called Hu-Tu-Tu. Kabaddi is the national game of Bangladesh and it is called as Ha-du-du.


  1. Kushti (Wrestling)

Khusti, the word itself gives you an Indianized feel and was originated in India in the 13th Century. A detailed information about the sport is given in a book known a Mallpuran Granth (Devanagari script), which can be also referred to as a Kushti manual.  It is also believed to be there from the time of Mahabharata and Ramayana where we can see pehelwans like Bheem, Hanuman, and Kans. 


  1. Ludo

Back in the time, Ludo was called as Chaupar which is the ancient name for it, where Chau means four and Pata means cloth or a board. It is believed that Shakuni Mama used to play it along with the Pandavas. One of the reasons why Mahabharat was created. Chaupar was said to be one of the favorite games of the Lords like Shiv Parvati and Radha Krishna playing against each other. 


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