Do you know! INDIA is the birthplace of many modern Board Games

And Snakes n Ladders (an ancient board game) is one of them

The 13th century Poet Saint Gyandev created the game of Snakes & Ladders. It was originally called 'Mokshapatam’
( where the highest no. "100" was represented as Moksha, a person can attain salvation through doing good deeds )

or Vaikunthapaali (coz People used to play it on Vaikuntha Ekadashi day as they will not sleep on that day )

or Paramapadam Sopanam ( where Paramapada means
highest place,means the feet of Bhgwan Vishnu and Sopnam means Steps )

This is not just a game but an allegory to life. In the game of life, the snakes are the bad habits (Vices ) and the ladders are the good habits (Virtues ).
The subtle aspects behind the game where ladders signify a Guru, an Acharya, a good character or a noble company and the snakes signify a cheat, a fraud, a bad character, or an ignoble company. This keeps happening in everyone's life
but its meaning remained the same, good deeds take people to heaven ( to the feet of Bhagwan Vishnu in Paramapadam ) and evil to a cycle of Rebirths.

The game was played with cowrie shells and Dhaaya Kattai (Dices).
The number of ladders was less than the number of snakes as a reminder that a path of good is much more difficult to tread than a path of sins.

In time, the game underwent several modifications,
The game made its way to England and
was sold as "Snakes and Ladders", then the basic concept was introduced in the United States as Chutes and Ladders (an "improved new version of England's famous indoor sport" by game publisher Milton Bradley Company in 1943.

Source- sanskritimagazine.com

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