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Queen Kumaradevi and King Chandragupta I, depicted on a coin of their son, Samudragupta;350–380 CE
|3rd Gupta Emperor|
|Reign||c. 320 – c. 335 CE|
|320 CE–550 CE|
Chandragupta was a major king in the Gupta Empire around 320 CE and is generally considered as the founder of the Gupta dynasty. As the ruler of the Gupta Empire, he is known for forging alliances with many powerful families in the Ganges region.
Chandragupta the First was the son of Ghatotkacha and the grandson of Maharaja 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 320AD as his father Ghatotkacha died leaving him on the throne. However it remains unknown how he expanded "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.
The exact boundaries of his empire remains unknown. He had two main sons. The eldest was Kacha and the younger was Samudragupta.
- Majumdar 2013, p. 230.
- Majumdar, Ramesh Chandra (2013), Ancient India, New Delhi:Motilal Banarsidass.-new Delhi, ISBN 81-208-0436-8
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