Chowka Bhara

Previously called the Unknown Game!

Unknown Game

This photograph was taken in August 1996 at a hill temple near Khejarala, Rajesthan, India. Carved into the rock is the board for a game. It is a five by five grid of squares, five of the squares have crosses in them.

The game is called Chowka Bhara and is one of the oldest board games still being played in certain parts of India. There are references of this game in some ancient Indian epics like the Mahabharata.

This game has been traditionally played on a silk cloth-lined board and with 4 cowry shells used as dice.

Each player starts with four counters in the outermost squares marked with a cross. The counters are moved the numbers of squares determined by a roll of the dice. Each counter must pass through all of the other squares on the board and finish at the centre square.

An example route of a counter visiting all squares is shown below.

Board for Chowka bhara from Wikipedia

Traced by User:Stannered (en:Image:Presentation2.gif) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Aimee, Malvern St James Girls School

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"It is giant noughts and crosses."

Sarita Hiremath, Reading, UK

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"It is played like LUDO. 2 - 4 players. The squares with crosses in them are the 'home' where each player starts and try to get all 4 counters into the middle square by going all the way around."

Koudi, Tulika Samal

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"This is called as "Koudi" in hindi. and its one of the most played games in remote areas ."

Joe, England

Friday, January 15, 2016

"I think you have to make the corners and center of a square using crosses."

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