Top 10 International Games with Indian Origins

Top 10 International Games with Indian Origins post thumbnail image

India is a country with the origin of many sports. So, on this occasion here are Top 10 International Games with Indian Origins.

There are many sports which had Indian Origin but we thought that they originated in foreign countries.

List of Top 10 International Known Games with Indian Origins

1. Polo

2. Jallikattu

3. Ludo

4. Snakes and Ladders

5. Cards

6. Chess

7. Kabaddi

8. Carrom

9. Badminton

10. Kho kho


Polo - Top 10 International Games with Indian Origins
Polo – Top 10 International Games with Indian Origins

The home origin of ancient polo was Central Asia but it was the Indian state Manipur which started the modern format of the game.

In the 15th Century, the Babur the Mughal Emperor made this sport famous arounds its surrounding areas and then it spread world-wide.

It is played with stick and player sitting on a horse.

Want to know more about it checkout this –

| Suggested – List of Horse-Riding Sports History and more


Everyone thought bull-fighting was originated in Spain. But in India ancient bull-fighting was introduced with different names like Jallikattu, Manju Virattu which are celebrated during the Pongal festival.

 Now it was become a sport for the entertainment of people and many people participate to win the cash prize and earlier it was popular sport in ancient tribes of Tamil Nadu.


Ah! One of India’s famous Indoor games. Whole lockdown was passed by many people playing ludo online. But enough of it.

Do you know – That in early time it was called ‘Pachisi’ and Akbar was called the most interested person of this game.

Pachisi was an evolved form of ‘Chausar’ which was originated at the times of Kauravas and pandavas.

In modern time Britisher’s modified it as we know now and named it Ludo in year 1896.


It was called ‘Moksha Patam’ in history and is believed that it was created by Saint Gyandev in 13th Century.

It was based on the theory of Karma. Ladders represented the Good Karma while Snakes represented as the Bad Karma.

And when you reached the top or 100th square, it was represented by ‘Nirvana’.


Cards, one of indoor games people play at festivals or on normal days. It can be used to play different games like Bluff, Rummy and many more.

It was originated during the Mughals time in 16th Century.

Coincidence or Something else: There are a total of 52 cards in a deck and there are 52 weeks in a year. Interestingly, the total sum of all the values of the 52 cards (Ace = 1, King = 13, Queen = 12, Jack = 11) and 1 Joker is 365. Isn’t it Amazing!!!


Different Types / Formats of Chess
Chess – Top 10 International Games with Indian Originsof Chess

The game of calmness and strategies to off guard your opponent and took their King. That is the games Chess which was known as ‘Ashtapada’ (May be because of its 8 X 8 Matrix on board).

The name ‘Ashtapada’ was given to it by the Gupta Empire and later Persians arrived and took back and started to call it ‘Shatranj’.

 Later British came and made it famous all over the world and with some legends like Vishwanathan Anand who wan multiple Championships with the World Chess Championship which made it popular in India too.

| Suggested – What is Chess? Rules How to Play Chess and more


The PKL or Pro Kabaddi League made the game popular again in India and around the globe but it is believed that it was originated in Tamil Nadu 4000 years ago. (Let me know in the comments below, if you have any details regarding it.)

Kabaddi is not just the only way to play. It is called by five names and five different forms. Gaminee, Amar, Circle, Goongi, Suranjeevii.

 It was played first time as a debut game at the Olympic level in 1936, Berlin Olympics.

Later India won the first Asian Kabaddi Championship in year 1980.

| Suggested – Kabaddi – History Rules How to Play and More


Carrom is also known as ‘strike the pocket’ game. It is a popular sport in South Asia and Middle East.

It is said that it was created by some Indian Maharajas a few centuries ago.

India started different Carrom clubs held tournaments but with that development of the board was also started in India.


During the British Era, badminton was played in Pune and its rules were made in the year 1873 in Pune itself.

The two names ‘Battledore’ and ‘Shuttlecock’ gave us the name ‘Badminton’.

 | Suggested – Tennis Sport – History Rules How to Play and more


Playing at Kho Kho Tournament
Kho-Kho – Top 10 International Games with Indian Originsof Chess

Kho Kho is called the game of chase and earlier was played in Maharashtra. The ancient history contains references to ‘Rathas’ or Chariots and Kho-Kho was played on Rathas and the game was called as ‘Rathera’.

 In the year 1935, Akhil Maharashtra Shareerika Shikshan Mmandal officially set and published the rules of the game and gained popularity.

India won their first Kho-Kho Championship in the year 1959 under the Kho-Kho Federation of India.

| Suggested – What is the Kho kho? and more about Kho kho

So, how do you feel after knowing about all of this. I knew about few but not all so it was great time for me to get to know all about it.

 May be in future I will bring more such games and will be back with some new awesome facts regarding the World of Sports.

So, I guess that’s all for today. If you enjoy reading it then comment down below and leave your suggestions and any other topics that I should write about in the comments.

Don’t just read alone share it with others in this way everybody will enjoy it. I will be back soon with another game or related info. Till then…


If you want to know the basics about the primary and pre-primary sections then you can visit –

Tags: Top 10 Popular Games with Indian Origins, Top 10 International Games with Indian Origins, Top 10 International Known Games with Indian Origins, Top 10 International Popular Games with Indian Origins, top 10 popular games with indian origins in india, top 10 popular games with indian origins history, top 10 popular games with indian origins dynasty

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *