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Ramagupta was the elder son and immediate successor of Samudragupta. The actual existence of this king is in some dispute. According to legend Ramagupta decided to expand his kingdom by attacking the Sakas in Gujarat. The campaign soon took a turn for the worse and the Gupta army was trapped. The Saka king Rudrasimha III demanded that Ramagupta hand over his wife Dhruvadevi in exchange for peace. The weak king was inclined to accept thse terms to the outrage of his wife and his brother Chandragupta. Chandragupta using a ruse went to the Saka camp and killed the Saka king and won the victory and also the esteem of the people and the queen. A short while later Ramagupta was deposed and killed by his brother Chandragupta II who promptly married Dhruvadevi. Samudragupta, ruler of the Gupta Empire (c. ... Saka is also the name of a town in Hiroshima, Japan; for information on this town, see Saka, Hiroshima. ... The period of prominence of the Gupta dynasty is very often referred to as the Golden Age of India. ...


Whether this fantastic tale is true is unclear. It has parallels to the story of Rani Padmini of Chittor and the subterfuge used to free her husband. Dhruvadevi was the chief queen of Chandragupta II and the mother of his heir Kumaragupta I. Chandragupta II also claimed the conquest of the Saka kingdom. What part the shadowy figure of Ramagupta played in these stories is unclear. The period of prominence of the Gupta dynasty is very often referred to as the Golden Age of India. ... The period of prominence of the Gupta dynasty is very often referred to as the Golden Age of India. ...


 
 

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