Budhagupta – Later Ruler of Gupta Dyansty – Successor of Kumaragupta II – 476 AD – 495 AD

Budhagupta – Introduction

King Budhagupta was one of the last rulers of the Gupta Empire, Budhagupta was, to be specific, the sixth last king of the Gupta Empire. The Gupta Empire was one of India’s most successful ruling dynasties, and their success is known through their kings, such as king Budhagupta. Budhagupta came to rule in 476 CE, and he ruled until 495 CE. His rule came after one of the Gupta’s most successful rulers ever, King Kumaragupta II.

Budhagupta - Later Ruler of Gupta Dyansty - 476 AD - 495 AD

Budhagupta – Later Ruler of Gupta Dyansty – 476 AD – 495 AD

Budhagupta – The Reign of Peace and Prosperity

Budhagupta reign, like Kumaragupta II reign, was a peaceful time, and full of prosperity. Like Kumaragupta II, Budhagupta had a successful relationship with other kings who surrounded him; he had no conflict with them, or wars. This brought prosperity to the nation, like it brought prosperity to Kumaragupta’s time as ruler.

One of the leaders that Budhagupta had a successful, and calm relationship with, the leaders of the Kannauj Kingdom. The leaders of the Kannauj Kingdom, and Budhagupta, made a plan to rule the Huns, there first attempt to do this, was to rid Huns of their stronghold in the fertile plains of Northern India. Budhagupta was successful in doing so, but, not fully, fully the Huns were eradicated from the Northern plains of India by Budhagupta’s successor, Narasimhagupta.

Budhagupta – War and Conquest

Budhagupta’s success in defeating the Huns, and capturing their lands, can tell us many things about him as a person, and as a ruler. It tells us that Budhagupta was a strong ruler, and had a firm control over his lands, and his army’s. It also tells us that he had the power to squash rebellions; as he did destroy the rebel groups, like the Huns, which many of his predecessors faced. The fact that he had the power to conquer lands suggests that his army was both powerful, and strong.

Map of Gupta Dynasty Under Budhagupta - Later Ruler of Gupta Dyansty - 476 AD - 495 AD

Map of Gupta Dynasty Under Budhagupta – Later Ruler of Gupta Dyansty – 476 AD – 495 AD

Budhagupta – Inscriptions on Eran Stone Pillar

Budhagupta success in battle was only one reason why he is known to historians, another reason why he is known to historians is because of archaeologists finding pillars with inscriptions about Budhagupta’s rule.  The pillar comes in the form of the Eran Stone Pillar. In the Eran Stone Pillar, there are two brothers, Dhanyavishnu  and Matrivishnu as their Emperor. We also know from the Eran Stone Pillar several things about Budhagupta, and his ruler-ship. One thing that we come to know from the Eran Stone Pillar is that Budhagupta had a general who was in control of his lands, a man called Maharaja Surashmichandra. We also get to know something personal about Budhagupta, and that is, that he was a Buddhist, says the Stone.

Budhagupta – Conclusion

Budhagupta was a lesser known Gupta who was very successful in his leadership. There is also a lot about Budhagupta, his style of leadership, his rule, and some personal things, such as his religion, that we have come to know of.

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