Kumaragupta II – Successor and Brother of Purugupta – 473 AD – 476 AD – Succeeded by Budhagupta

Kumaragupta II ruled the Gupta empire from 473 AD to 476 AD. He succeeded his brother Purugupta, and was succeeded by Budhagupta, after a very short time ruling the dynasty. We know that he succeeded Purugupta through an image.

Kumaragupta II - Successor and Brother of Purugupta - 473 AD - 476 AD

Kumaragupta II – Successor and Brother of Purugupta – 473 AD – 476 AD

Kumaragupta II – Proofs of a Brief Rule

The images Kumaragupta II are from coin images which show him succeeding his brother Purugupta. The coins were gold, and bore his title. The only found coins of Kumaragupta II age are gold coins, there are no known gold coins found from this era. Historians do not think that just because there are no silver coins of this era that it should be taken as an indication of loss lands. They state this for two reasons, one, because Kumaragupta II rule was very short. And second, because other Gupta kings used different materials for coins, such as copper coins. Though, silver coins, and gold coins, were used by the most prosperous, and successful kings during the Gupta empire.

Coins of Kumaragupta II 473 AD - 476 AD

Coins of Kumaragupta II 473 AD – 476 AD

Kumaragupta II rule and decline of Gupta Empire thereon

The prosperity of Kumaragupta II rule, and the peace which followed on from the rebellions from Huns, suggest that the rebellions had largely died down, if not altogether were eradicated. Kumaragupta II therefore, was one of the last rulers who ruled under a peaceful empire, shortly after his rule, in 500 AD, the Huns was again in rebellion, but this time, the Huns had retained large parts of India. Gupta Empire lost a lot of lands to Huns.

Kumaragupta II - Gupta Empire Map around 476 AD

Kumaragupta II – Gupta Empire Map around 476 AD

Kumaragupta II as a leader, and as a king, was in control, strong, and powerful.

Kumaragupta II – Later Days and Death

Kumaragupta II led a peaceful empire. There were no known rebellions. There were no outbreaks. And, there are no historical records that Kumaragupta was a man of war, but rather, a ruler of peace. Kumaragupta got ill around 477 AD and was soon succeeded by Budhagupta (476 AD – 495 AD)

By: Jennifer Stone

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