Devanagari (Sanskrit) d20s


…The first written records of dice are found in the ancient Sanskrit epic the Mahabharata, composed in India more than 2,000 years ago. – Britannica

And its a pretty fascinating tale too. The Mahabharata is one of two ancient Sanskrit poems that helped form the basis of the Hindu religion.  The story begins when a blind prince named Dhritarashtra, is passed over for king in favor of his younger brother Pandu upon their father’s death. Pandu is cursed and cannot father children, however, and his wife Kunti asks the gods to father children in Pandu’s name. As a result, the gods grant her several miraculous births by as many different gods. Shenanigans ensue and one child, Pandavas is forced to flee the kingdom. Although Pandavas does get a reprieve and returns to the kingdom, Pandavas is once agian exiled to the forest again when their cousin Yudhishthira loses a game of dice with Duryodhana, the eldest of the divine siblings.

As this is the oldest written record we have mentioning dice, we though it fitting to celebrate this International Dice Day with a run of twenty sided dice in Devanagari Numerals  which is the writing system of sanskrit. These dice are crafted from assorted exotic woods chosen at random.



Here you’ll find a chart with the Devanagari Numeral, followed by the standard Arabic Numeral, and below that the Sanskrit word for each numeral. Devenagari Numerals are comprise of loops and whirls similar to what you’d expect to find in the cursive scripts of western languages.


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