How numerous of united state remember reading around how the an excellent Gupta Emperor Samudragupta established his empire in north India? carry out we psychic reading around one Ganapatinaga? ns am talking around the Naga empire of old India and there fascinating though still somewhat obscure history.

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The Nagas came into prominence ~ above the political map that India probably towards the close of second century C.E. Though over there is tho a many confusion around their origin however that lot is details that they occurred when Kushana power was in decrease and the Nagas play a significant role in finishing off the Kushana empire.

“This to be the time as soon as a number of indigenous powers, favor the Yaudheya, Arjunayana, the Malava were obtaining strength.” The Nagas execute not it seems to be ~ to it is in from a single dynasty. Most likely they were a team of families. Their power centre were these four old cities – Mathura, Vidisha (Besnagar in Madhya Pradesh), Padmavati (Pawaya in Madhya Pradesh) and also Kantipuri (Probably Kutwar in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh).


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Naga Coinage

By the time of the illustrious Samudragupta (335-375 C.E.), it appears that the Naga power was headquartered at 2 places, Mathura and also Padmavati. The renowned Prayag Prashasti or the Allahabad Pillar inscription composed by Harishena offers us insight into this. The inscription talks about how Samudragupta “violently exterminated” nine majesties of the Aryavarta, probably during his 2nd campaign in north India. The provided names of the kings beat are Rudradeva, Mattila, Nagadatta, Chandravarman, Ganapatinaga, Nagasena, Achyuta, Nandin and also Balavarman.

“The occurence of 4 Naga name in the list indicates the serious nature of the risk to the Guptas indigenous the strength of the Nagas. Yet inspite the this project of “extermination”, the Naga power survived for a Naga princess, Kuberanaga, was married to Chandragupta II, kid and follower of Samudragupta.”

Here we have a very interesting and also ammusing connection between the Guptas, the Nagas that Padmavati and also Mathura v the Vakatakas. As we check out above, the Vakataka ruler Pravarasena I had actually his son, Gautamiputra get married a Naga princess that Padmavati, daughter of Bhara Shiva king Bhava Naga and the boy of this couple, Rudrasena came to be the following ruler Rudrasena i of Vakatakas. Once Samudragupta eliminated the Naga power at Mathura, the princess the the royal house, Naga Princess Kuberanaga was provided in marriage to Chandragupta II, child and follower of Samudragupta. Offspring that this union to be Prabhavati Gupta that was later married come the Vakataka king Rudrasena II.

Bana Bhatta in his “Harshcharita” also talks around one Nagasena in these words,”the doom of Nagasena, born of the Naga lineage, occured at Padmavati due to the fact that he to be foolish enough to have debated his plan in the visibility of a mynah bird who declared them the end loud”.

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A many is still an extremely obscure around the Nagas, so lot so that scholars room not also unanimous around whether they to be one household that sprung into Mathura, Padmavati, Kantipuri and Vidisha or castle were various families sharing the Naga surname. One have the right to only hope that some an ext research deserve to clear these questions.