Traditional Chaukabara game board made of fabric by the hand-weavers of Solapur in Maharashtra. Chauka Bara is a traditional board game played during the era of the kings. It is a 'Race Game' where in two to four players race their respective coins on a board of 5x5 squares to reach the inner most square. It is known by various other names like Katte Mane in Kannada, Pakidakal or Kavidi Kali in Malayalam, Ashta Chamma in Telugu, Daayam orThaayam in Tamil, and Kanna Duaa in Hindi. This game is mostly popular in South India. It belongs to the Parcheesi family and is said to be a precursor to the modern day Ludo.
The movement of coins is controlled by throw of four cowrie shells, hence it is a game of chance. Since each player has four coins, he can decide which coin to move, hence it also comes under strategical games.
This game has been beautified with Solapur hand weaving. This can be used as a wall art too.
Goal: To reach ones all 4 coins to innermost square, first.
Benefits: The game creates opportunity for interaction among the players. Young player learn to count and hone their strategizing and decision making skills. Children learn to plan their moves and learn to be patient as they wait to take their turns. Children learn to plan their moves and learn the concepts. The board game makes a great "executive desktop trinket" that can stimulate creativity, challenge the mind, or rattle the nerves!