The National Board Game of India


 Pachisi  is a cross and circle board game that originated in medieval India which has been described as the “national board game of India”. It is played on a board shaped like a symmetrical cross. A player’s pieces move around the board based upon a throw of dice with aperture upwards indicating the number of spaces to move.


The name of the game is derived from the Hindi word paccīs, meaning “twenty-five”, the largest score that can be thrown with the cowrie shells; thus this game is also known by the name Twenty-Five. There are other versions of this game where the largest score that can be thrown is thirty.

The Royal Games chess may be considered the game of kings, but Pachisi is the game of emperors.Long before the American game of Parcheesi was first played in the late 1860s, pachisi the royal game of INDIA, had made its way around the world.

Game Play Pachisi

One game board; 4 sets of pawns (each set contains 4) which are coloured Red, Yellow, Black and Green; two stick dice.
The game board has four arms joined at the sides of a central big square which is ‘Home’. Each arm is made up of three rows of eight squares……….

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