Approximately 67 miles (107 km) to the north of Aurangabad in the Indhyadri range of Western Ghats lie the caves of Ajanta. The 30 caves, famous for their early Buddhist temple architecture and many delicately drawn murals, are located in...
The History of Ancient India
The earliest imprints of human activities in India go back to the Paleolithic Age, roughly between 400,000 and 200,000 B.C. Stone implements and cave paintings from this period have been discovered in many parts of the South Asia. Evidence...
Extent of the Gupta Empire, 320-550 CE
This map shows conquests made by emperors of the Gupta dynasty in the 4th century CE and early 5th century CE. Of these three rulers—Chandragupta I (320 – 335 CE), Samudragupta (c. 335 – 375 CE) and Chandragupta II (c. 380 – 414 CE)—Samudragupta’s...
Gupta Empire and Conquests
This map shows the conquests made by Gupta rulers in the 4th century CE and early 5th century CE. Of these three rulers—Chandragupta I, Samudragupta and Chandragupta II—Samudragupta’s conquests are the most important and the most extensive...
Extent of the Gupta Empire, 375 CE
This map shows the extent of the Gupta Empire at the end of Emperor Samudragupta’s reign in around 375/380 CE. It shows in detail the core region or base of the Gupta dynasty and the extensive conquests made by Samudragupta, as well as the...
A map showing the maximum extent of the Gupta Empire in northern India, c. 320-550 CE.
Gupta Empire Coin: Kacha Type
This coin issued by an emperor of the Gupta dynasty (either Samudragupta or Kacha/Kachagupta) shows the King dressed in a Scythian-style coat, trousers and cap and Indian-style necklace and earrings with a halo around his head. He is...
Gold Coins - Gupta Period
Gold coins issued by Samudragupta (circa 335 – 375 CE).
Mehrauli Iron Pillar
The Iron Pillar now seen at the Qutb Complex, New Delhi, India, was originally erected during the time of King Chandra and bears his inscription in Sanskrit. This king has been identified with Emperor Chandragupta II (c. 375 - 413/14 CE...
Samudragupta Coin: Standard Type
This coin issued by Emperor Samudragupta (335/350 – 370/380 CE) of the Gupta dynasty shows him wearing a Scythian-style coat, trousers and cap and Indian-style necklace and earrings. He has a halo around his head. The standard shown in the...