Chauka Bara

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Paying homage to the traditional Indian games, this version of Chauka Bhara is made using vegetable dyes in an intricate Kalamkari print. The set contains a game board, wooden pawns, and cowrie shells. This game sharpens your mathematical strategizing skills, along with instilling confidence.

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The history of games dates to the ancient human past. Games are an integral part of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms of human social interaction. Games are formalized expressions of play which allow people to go beyond immediate imagination and direct physical activity. 


Design & Craft

Personal Handpainted art, it is 100% natural and vegan.

As with all children’s products, adult supervision is required. Products that contain small parts may pose a choking hazard and should not be used by children under 3.

Prone to lose color over time slightly as is the case with all natural dyed & handmade products.


Know The Artists!

Kalamkari artists use special pens to draw and create nuanced diagram and weave with hands so that they are rich in touch, look and feel.  

These board games are created in “Kalamkari” from Andhra Pradesh.

“Kalam” means pen and “Kari” means craftsmanship; it is basically a style of textile design made by painting intricate patterns with vegetable dyes.

The pawns are made of wood in Karnataka.

This is how these beautiful board games not only is fun playing but it also provides livelihood to various artisans from various parts of India.


How to play!

Game Paraphernalia –

1 game board, 4sets of 4 counters (total 16), 4 cowries


Game Setup –

  • Board is to be kept in the centre.
  • Each player gets 4 counters of the same colour and keeps it in his home (fig 1) which is marked by x on his side.
  • Throw of cowries –

              1 mouth up – move 1 square

              2 mouths up – move 2 squares

              3 mouths up – move 3 squares

              4 mouths up (Chauka) – move 4 squares & play again (Extra Turn)              

              No mouths up (Bara) – move 8 squares & play again (Extra Turn)


Rules to play – 

  • Each player takes turns to throw all 4 cowries on the floor and moves his/her counters accordingly – refer section ‘throw of cowries’
  • Movement of the counter is in anti-clockwise direction in outer squares and then in a clockwise direction in inner squares as shown in fig
  • If the player’s counter lands on a square occupied by an opponent’s counter, then the opponent’s counter is captured, and the player gets an extra turn to play. While the captured counter is returned to its home (starting point) and it has to go to round all over again
  • Crossed squares (home squares) are safe heavens. Counters present here are safe and cannot be captured
  • When the counter reaches the square left of its home square, it moves up into the inner square
  • To move up into the inner square, the player should have captured at least one opponent counter. Otherwise, he has to move his another counter or forfeit his turn until he captures an opponent counter.   


The first player who gets all his counters into the innermost square is the winner.


Points to remember

  • During an extra turn, same or another counter can be moved
  • No limit for a player to capture an opponent’s counter
  • If a player throws either a chauka or bara three times consecutively during his turn, he has to forfeit that turn and cannot make any moves.  


Optional Rule-

To make the game little more challenging, each player has to throw either a chauka or Bara before he can start moving his counters, not necessary to throw chauka or Bara for each counter.


Maintenance & Care

Avoid direct sunlight for long.

Dust or wipe with dry brush/ cloth.


Weight 0.12 kg
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 4 in



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