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
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. 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
Kachagupta and the younger was Samudragupta.
Majumdar, R.C. (2007) . Ancient India (Reprint of Eighth ed.).
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publ. ISBN 81-208-0436-8.
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