White Huns (Hephthalites)
The White Huns were a race of largely nomadic peoples who were a part of the Hunnic tribes of Central Asia. They ruled over an expansive area stretching from the Central Asian lands all the way to the Western Indian Subcontinent. Although...
Samudragupta Coin: Lyrist Type
This gold coin issued by Emperor Samudragupta (335/350 – 370/380 CE) of the Gupta dynasty shows him playing the vina, an Indian stringed instrument resembling the lyre or lute. The legend on the coin says "Maharajadhiraja-Shri-Samudraguptah”...
Iron Pillar of Delhi
The Iron Pillar in Qutub Complex, Delhi is a stellar example of advanced metallurgy technology in Gupta Period (circa 320 - 550 CE). The 7 m (23 ft) high pillar was made corrosion resistant. It bears Sanskrit - Brahmi inscriptions eulogising...
Chaukhandi Stupa, Sarnath
The Chaukhandi Stupa was built during the Gupta period (4th and 5th century CE) and is believed to mark the place where the Buddha first met a group of five ascetics (who were later to become his first disciples). Rectangular in shape, with...
Iron pillar in the Qutb complex near New Delhi, India from the Gupta period.
Elephants In Ancient Indian Warfare
Elephants were used in the ancient Indian army, irrespective of regions, dynasties, or points in time; their importance was never denied and continued well into the medieval period as well. The ready availability in the subcontinent of the...
Nalanda was one of the oldest universities of the world and a revered center of learning. It was located in Magadha, modern day Bihar, India and was operational between c. 300-1200 CE. It received patronage from the Gupta Empire and also...
Colossal Vahara Statue, Eran
A statue of Lord Varaha, the 3rd boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Beside the statue is the Earth goddess Bhudevi. This statue is carved from a single block of red sandstone with a height of 11 feet (3.35 meter). Made c. 510 CE, Gupta Empire...
Ancient Indian Warfare
War was the chief means by which territory was annexed or rulers defeated in ancient India, which was divided into multiple kingdoms, republics and empires. Often one empire predominated or different empires co-existed. The Vedic literature...
Emperor Harshavardhana, better known as Harsha, lived from 590 to 647 CE and was the last ruler of the Vardhana Empire, the last great empire in ancient India before the Islamic Invasion. He ruled from 606 CE to 647 CE. After Harshavardhana's...