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Chandragupta I with his queen as depicted on a coin of their son, Samudragupta
|3rd Gupta Emperor|
|Reign||c. 320 – c. 335 CE|
320 CE–550 CE
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 320 CE as his father Ghatotkacha died leaving him on the throne. 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.
The exact boundaries of his empire remains unknown. He had two main sons. The eldest was Kacha and the younger was Samudragupta.
- Majumdar 2007, p. 230.
- Majumdar, R.C. (2007) . Ancient India (Reprint of Eighth ed.). Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publ. ISBN 81-208-0436-8.
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