CHANDRAGUPTA I was a king of the
Gupta Empire around 320 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 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
Kachagupta and the younger was
* ^ Majumdar 2007 , p. 230.
* Majumdar, R.C. (2007) . Ancient India (Reprint of Eighth ed.).
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publ. ISBN 81-208-0436-8 .
Ghatotkacha GUPTA EMPEROR
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