Paramapadham (Thayam) is Snakes and Ladders in
English; it was created in ancient India before 1892.
It is also known as Parama Pada Sopanam means
Steps to the Highest Place (where Parama Pada
means highest place and Sopanam means steps).
Paramapadham was inspired by religion; and was
believed to be symbolic of a man's attempt to reach
God. The ladders represent virtues and the snakes
represent vices. The snakes carry names linking them
to stories from our epics.
Paramapadam Board or any Snake and Ladder Board
Markers (Game Pieces)
How to play:
Parama Pada Sopanam board and the dice used to play will be
available in shops around Permual temple’s during vaikunda
yekadesi as people used to play Parama Padam on vaikunda
yekadesi day as they will not sleep on that day. Or you can even
download by clicking here
Game Pieces may be anything like Seeds, Coins, Shells, etc the
only requirement is each has to be different to identify which
belongs to the respective player
Players place their game pieces on the space on the board labeled
"0" and can start only when they get 1 (Thayam) when they roll the
dice. The dice is rolled in clockwise direction or may also decide by
all the players rolling the dice and the one who get the largest
resulting number will take the first turn.
The first player rolls the dice and mark off the number rolled starting
on the "1" spot on the board. All players take turns rolling the dice
and moving their markers.
If the marker reaches the number which has bottom of the ladder he
climbs the ladder and go to the top of the ladder and continue from
there, and If the marker reaches the number which has the face of
the snake then he needs to go down to the box where it has its tail
and continue from there.
A player gets an extra turn if he gets 1, 5, 6 while rolling but he
needs to move the marker each time he rolls the dice as he needs
to follow the ladder or snake for each turn. If the player gets three
‘6’ in a row while rolling he must return to ‘0’ that is the beginning of
the board and should not move until he roll’s another 6 on his turn.
In some boards there will be directions written on the boxes For example, if it says "go back three spaces" Follow the directions and go back 3 boxes.
The winner of the game is the one who first reaches the "100" box on the board.