Pachisi is originated in Ancient India
The name of the game comes from the Hindi word pachis,
which means twenty-five
It is played on a board shape like a symmetrical cross
Pachisi is a game of 4 players usually in two teams
Each player has 4 bee-hive shaped
Each player moves their 4 pieces
around the board clockwise
One piece only may be moved with a
single throw, or if the player chooses,
they can decline to move any piece on a
Cowries Value Another turn?
0 25 another turn
1 10 another turn
6 6 another turn
The board is actually embroidered on cloth. The playing
area is cruciform. There is a large square in center, called
the CHARKONI which is the starting and the finishing
position of the pieces. The four arms are divided into
three columns of eight squares. The players pieces are
moved along these columns during play.
• Uncertain evidence indicates that forms of the
game were in existence in the Indian region from
at least the 4th century AD. The similar game
Nyout, from Korea, probably dates back at least
as far as 300AD.
• The Indian Emperor Akbar I of the 16th
century Mogul Empire, apparently played pachisi
on great courts constructed of inlaid marble. On
the red and white squares around him, 16
• Remains of these boards can be seen today
in Agra and Allahabad.
• There is apparently a mention of pachisi being
played between two sets of princes - cousin
brothers of the Bharata family (Pandavas and
Kauravas) in the epic Mahabharata.