The city of Vijayanagara, popularly known as Hampi (the inhabited village that lies within the ruined capital), is a well-documented ancient urban settlement. While taking a leisurely stroll through the ruins of Hampi, one is immediately struck by the immense scale of what the people of the city and the empire of Vijayanagara left behind. They stand in varying degrees of preservation under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India having been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
But one thing that most people end up overlooking are the fantastic array of board games that were once played by the people of the city of Vijayanagara. Archaeologists estimate around a 1000 game board engravings that can be located among the ruins. When we actually start becoming conscious to these, we start to notice that they are all over the landscape, from temples to palaces and then also in the rough and unforgiving landscape that surrounds these magnificent structures.