Ganjifa is the card game, which is believed that came to India from Persia, which became popular in India during the Mughal emperors reign in 16th century. A Sawantwadi ganjifa card has 120 numbers (Mughal ganjifa cards have 96 numbers) which were made taking the names of God. Some of the types of ganjifa cards were of “Dashavatara” with the incarnations of Lord Vishnu of the Ramayana version. Navagraha or nine planets, Ashtadeekpala ganjifa cards are few variants of the cards, which were very popular. Dasha-Mahavidya cards give the ten forms (rupas) of Mother Goddess. Whereas the Darbari cards have decorative borders, Bazaar cards are without borders that used to be the popular pastime at the Indian courts. Usually in these cards the back is plain and unpainted, watercolors are preferred due to the increased cost of natural colors.
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