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 game of Nava Kankari is played on a board consisting of three concentric squares connected by lines from the middle of each of the inner square’s sides to the middle of the corresponding outer square’s side.
Pieces are played on the points where two or more lines meet or intersect, so there are 24 playable points. This is a two-player game and each player gets 9 coins of different colour.


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.

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