Chauka Bara is a traditional board game played during the era of the kings. The game is 2 to 4 player game, played on a 5×5 square board of cells. It is known by various other names like Katte Mane in Kannada, Pakidakal or Kavidi Kali in Malayalam, Ashta Chamma in Telugu, Daayam or Thaayam 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. Nowadays, few people play this game but many organizations are working towards reviving this traditional game.
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