Famous Indian Invention
Navakankari is wellknown as Nine Men’s Morris or Mills in the western world. Navakankari is the sanskrit name which means nine pebbles. It is known as Saalu Mane Ata or Jodpi Ata or Char-Par in Kannada, Navkakri in Gujarati and Daadi in Telugu. This is an alignment game played by 2 players. Each player gets 9 nine pawns.
The basic aim of a player is to make ‘Mills’ – vertical or horizontal lines of three coins of same colour. Every time this is achieved, an opponent’s piece is removed, the overall objective is to reduce the number of opponent’s coins to ‘two’ or to block all moves of the opponent thus rendering the opponent unable to play.