background Ludii Portal
Home of the Ludii General Game System


Home Games Forum Downloads References Concepts Contribute Tutorials Tournaments World Map Ludemes About

Pancha (Mahabalipuram with Double Loop) DLP Game   

Period Medieval, Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race, Escape


This game was found as graffiti on a temple at Mahabalipuram, India. It is closely similar to other single-track board games found throughout India and Sri Lanka, which were fully described in the twentieth century.


Bottom row with eleven squares. Ten squares extending vertically from the central square. A square track with five spaces per side extends up and to the right from the top square. Immediately above this, another square, with its left side aligned with the left side of the other square, but with smaller squares (thus, the squares do not line up where they are adjacent. The outer squares of the bottom track are marked, as are every fifth space from them along the board, except in the smaller square which is marked in all but the bottom left corner with a single diagonal..



Ludeme Description

Pancha (Mahabalipuram with Double Loop).lud


Browse all concepts for Pancha (Mahabalipuram with Double Loop) here.


Murray 1951: 140.

Evidence Map

1 pieces of evidence in total. Browse all evidence for Pancha (Mahabalipuram with Double Loop) here.

Click on any marker or highlighted region to view the evidence relating to it.
To view all regions, please select it from the category options below.

Evidence category:

Evidence coloured based on:

Map style:


Marin, G. 1942. "An Ancestor of the Game of 'Ludo.'" Man 42: 114-117.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.



     Contact Us

lkjh Maastricht University Department of Advanced Computing Sciences (DACS), Paul-Henri Spaaklaan 1, 6229 EN Maastricht, Netherlands Funded by a €2m ERC Consolidator Grant (#771292) from the European Research Council