Vainyagupta – Son of Purugupta – Co-ruled Gupta Dynasty with Bhanugupta – Second Last Ruler of Gupta Dynasty – 529 AD – 548 AD

Vainyagupta – Introduction

Vainyagupta succeed Vishnugupta in 529 CE. It is unclear on how long exactly Vainyagupta was a Gupta king. We do know that he was the second last Gupta King, and that Vainyagupta is known as a lesser Gupta king. We know some details about his personal life, through clay findings. We know through these clay findings that Vainyagupta was the son of Purugupta. We also know about Vainyagupta religious beliefs through this clay, we know that he worshipped Vishnu.

Vainyagupta - Gupta Dynasty - Second Last Ruler of Gupta Dyansty - Ruled Alongside Bhanugupta - 529 AD - 548 AD

Vainyagupta – Gupta Dynasty – Second Last Ruler of Gupta Dyansty – Ruled Alongside Bhanugupta – 529 AD – 548 AD

Vainyagupta – A Devotee of Hinduism

What his religious beliefs suggest is that India was becoming more religiously versatile. This is because, most, if not all of the former Gupta Emperors, were known to be of the Buddhist religion, and practising Buddhism.  Vainyagupta was a practising Hinduism, which shows that there might have been a transition in the Gupta religions from being Buddhist, to being Hindu. What this also indicates is that the lands that the Gupta’s lost, like Bengal, could have been motivated through religious tensions between Hindu’s and Buddhist’s. It suggests that lands might have been lost through religious reasons, and that the fall of the Gupta Empire could have been through religious reasons.

Vainyagupta – A Financial Decline

However, the fall of the Gupta Empire could have just as easily have been through monetary reasons. This is because the coins found which were used during Vainyagupta time, were Copper. They were not gold, or silver. This suggests that the Gupta Empire had lost a lot of their wealth, and prosperity. During the early years of the Gupta Empire, for example, the coins known to have been used were gold, and silver, by the early Gupta Emperors. Then, at the end of the Gupta Empire, during Vainyagupta reign, we know that it was copper coins which were used, which suggests that the Gupta Empire had become greatly diminished at this point.

Vainyagupta – Co-ruled by Bhanugupta and Vainyagupta

It is thought that Vainyagupta co-ruled with Bhanugupta. Historians think that these two men likely ruled together, but, in different provinces of the Gupta Empire. There dates are too close not to co-rule. What this tells us is that the Gupta Empire was in great trouble when these two rule. The empire wasn’t strong enough, and had to be ruled by two Emperors, not one. There is no exact date as to when the Gupta Empire ended, or when Vainyagupta and Bhanugupta were the last emperors of the Gupta Empire.

Vainyagupta - Gupta Dynasty - Second Last Ruler of Gupta Dyansty - Ruled Alongside Bhanugupta - 529 AD - 548 AD

Vainyagupta – Gupta Dynasty – Second Last Ruler of Gupta Dyansty – Ruled Alongside Bhanugupta – 529 AD – 548 AD

Vainyagupta – Conclusion

Vainyagupta along with Bhanugupta were the last kings of the Gupta Empire. The empire at this point seems to be in financial decline, isn’t a strong as it once was, and was possibly in religious decline too.

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