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North Indian Inscriptions

 

 

Contents

Introduction

Contents

Preface

List of Plates

Abbreviations

Additions and Corrections

Images

Introduction

Political History

Administration

Social History

Religious History

Literary History

Gupta Era

Krita Era

Texts and Translations

The Gupta Inscriptions

Index

Other South-Indian Inscriptions 

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Vol. 4 - 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

Volume 12

Volume 13

Volume 14

Volume 15

Volume 16

Volume 17

Volume 18

Volume 19

Volume 20

Volume 22
Part 1

Volume 22
Part 2

Volume 23

Volume 24

Volume 26

Volume 27

Tiruvarur

Darasuram

Konerirajapuram

Tanjavur

Annual Reports 1935-1944

Annual Reports 1945- 1947

Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Volume 2, Part 2

Corpus Inscriptionum Indicarum Volume 7, Part 3

Kalachuri-Chedi Era Part 1

Kalachuri-Chedi Era Part 2

Epigraphica Indica

Epigraphia Indica Volume 3

Epigraphia
Indica Volume 4

Epigraphia Indica Volume 6

Epigraphia Indica Volume 7

Epigraphia Indica Volume 8

Epigraphia Indica Volume 27

Epigraphia Indica Volume 29

Epigraphia Indica Volume 30

Epigraphia Indica Volume 31

Epigraphia Indica Volume 32

Paramaras Volume 7, Part 2

Śilāhāras Volume 6, Part 2

Vākāṭakas Volume 5

Early Gupta Inscriptions

Archaeological Links

Archaeological-Survey of India

Pudukkottai

POLITICAL HISTORY

well-known poem of Pravarasēna, called Sētubandha. That this Pravarasēna ruled over Kashmir is clear also by his coins found in that region which by their type and Gupta characters belong to a period not far removed from the time of Chandra-Vikramāditya.1 But Kalhaṇa speaks also of another Pravarasēna who was his grandfather. The latter is, however, described as the protector of the earth.2 This Pravarasēna is doubtless the founder of the Vākāṭaka dynasty; and, as he has alone been described as samrāṭ in the records of that family, it is no wonder if his rule spread over Kashmir also. But he was not the grandfather of Pravarasēna II, perhaps the grandfather of his grandfather. But as we have remarked above, the first three books of the Rājataraṅgiṇī abound in many legendary accounts with the occasional mention of historic names and incidents, which we have carefully to pick up and distinguish from the others.

Kumaragupta

        Who succeeded Chandragupta II to the throne of Pāṭaliputra is somewhat difficult to determine. As early as 1904 a clay seal was exhumed by the late T. Bloch during his excavations at Basāṛh, the ancient Vaiśālī (No. 13 below). It pertains to the Mahādēvī Dhruvasvāminī, who is there described as wife of Mahārājādhirāja Chandragupta and mother of Mahārāja Gōvindagupta. As it is a seal of the Gupta period and this Chandragupta is a Mahārājādhirāja, he must be Chandragupta II, especially as we know from the Gupta records, that his queen was Dhruvadēvī. It is true that Dhruvadēvī is not exactly the same thing as Dhruvasvāminī. Nevertheless, that is no good ground for entertaining any doubt on the question. We have got an analogous instance in the case of the Uchchakalpa family, where the wife of Jayanātha, a prince of this feudatory family, is, in one inscription, called Muruṇḍadēvī, and, in two, Muruṇḍasvāminī.3 It seems that the terms dēvī and svāminī were used synonymously. There can thus remain no doubt as to the Basāṛh seal being one of Dhruvadēvī, the chief queen of Chandragupta II. She had therefore a son named Gōvindagupta when the seal was issued. But why is he called Mahārāja? Along with this seal of Dhruvadēvī many others were found by Bloch during the Basāṛh excavations which leave no doubt as to Vaiśāli having been not only the headquarters of Tīrabhukti but also a seat of the Yuvarāja, at any rate, in the earlier part of the Gupta period.4 It will not, therefore, be unreasonable to conclude that Gōvindagupta was Yuvarāja stationed at Vaiśālī. Vaiśālī was the old capital of the Lichchhavis, and we have seen how deeply indebted Chandragupta I, the founder of the Gupta dynasty, was to this clan for his rise to political supremacy. It is therefore in the fitness of things that Vaiśālī should be the seat of the Yuvarāja government. That Gōvindagupta held some such position is shown by the fact that with his name is coupled the title Mahārāja. We may thus take it as certain that Gōvindagupta was a son of Chandragupta II and Dhruvadēvī, that he was selected as Yuvarāja and posted at Vaiśālī, and that he was expected in due course to succeed his father to the Gupta sovereignty. But whether he actually ascended the Gupta throne we do not known. On the other hand, we know of another son of Chandragupta II and Dhruvadēvī, namely, Kumāragupta I, for whom we have found many epigraphic records. We have to suppose either that Gōvindagupta died in the lifetime of his father who was therefore succeeded to the throne by Kumāragupta or that Gōvindagupta was another name of Kumāragupta. In this connection it is worth noting another inscription5 which speaks of Gōvindagupta in verse 4. The verse following it says: “When his lotus-like feet were touched by the heads
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1 M. A. Stein, Rājataraṅgiṇī (trans.), Vol. I, Intro., p. 66.
2 Ibid., Vol. I, Bk. iii, verse 97.
3 CII., Vol. III, 1888, pp. 128, 132 and 138.
4 A.R. ASI., 1903-04, p. 107, Nos. 4, 6, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22, 25 and 29.
5 Ep. Ind., Vol. XXVII, pp. 12 ff.