Chandragupta I

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Chandragupta I
Queen Kumaradevi and King Chandragupta I on a coin of their son Samudragupta 350 380 CE.jpg
Chandragupta I with his queen as depicted on a coin of their son, Samudragupta
3rd Gupta Emperor
Reign c. 319 – c. 335 CE
Coronation 320 CE
Predecessor Ghatotkacha
Successor Samudragupta
Consort Kumaradevi
Dynasty Gupta
Father Ghatotkacha

Chandragupta I was a king of the Gupta Empire around 319 CE. As the ruler of the Gupta Empire, he is known for forging alliances with many powerful families in the Ganges region.


Chandragupta I was the son of Ghatotkacha and the grandson of Sri Gupta. Unlike his predecessors, who were known as Maharaja (king), he came to be known as Maharajadhiraja (king of kings). He came to power in 319 CE as his father Ghatotkacha died leaving him on the throne.[citation needed] However, it remains unknown how he expanded a "small principality to the status of an important kingdom" by annexing neighbouring kingdoms. He also married a Licchhavi princess, Kumaradevi, indicating that the matrimonial connections between the two led to the "political greatness" of the Gupta dynasty.[1]

The exact boundaries of his empire remains unknown. He had two main sons. The eldest was Kachagupta and the younger was Samudragupta.


  1. ^ Majumdar 2007, p. 230.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gupta Emperor
Succeeded by