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Narasimhagupta - Seventh Successor King After Samudragupta

Narasimhagupta - Seventh Successor King After Samudragupta


Narasimhagupta Baladitya was the seventh successor king after Samudragupta to rule Gupta dynasty which was founded by Sri Gupta I and ruled by some great kings like Chandragupta I, Samudragupta, Chandragupta II, Kumaragupta I etc. He succeeded his brother Budhagupta around 495 A.D. He was born to Purugupta and his chief queen Chandradevi.


As we know that Hunas once attacked during the rule of Skandagupta and also some other time of Guptas, at that time the leader of Hunas was Toramana. Later he was succeeded by his son Mihirakula. Hieun Tsang, a chinese traveller wrote that, during the reign of Narasimhagupta, Mihirakula attacked Gupta empire. Narasimhagupta Baladitya along with the ruler of Malwa named Yasodharman easily defeated the Hunas led by Mihirakula on the delta of Ganga-Brahmaputra. But the life of Mihirakula was spared on the intercession of his mother. Later Mihirakula sort refuge in Kashmir as his brother had usurped the throne. Later Mihirakula headed a rebellion against his brother and captured the throne and became the king of Kashmir.


A clay sealing consisting the information of Narasimhagupta was found in Nalanda. This Nalanda clay sealing mentions the name of his queen as Shrimitradevi. He was succeeded by his son Kumaragupta III.

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