An inscription in the Gimar hill near Junagarh
Skandagupta’s reign. Parnadatta and his son Chakrapalita promptly repaired
the breach and saved the country from a great calamity.
    The Huna war must have taxed the financial resources of the empire and
this is reflected in the coinage of Skandagupta. His gold coins were not only
few in number but also showed depreciation in the purity of gold. In spite of
the Huna invasion and other troubles, Skandagupta was able to maintain the
mighty empire and the people enjoyed the blessing of a benign
administration.
Other Successors
The history of the imperial Guptas after the death of Skandagupta is obscure.
Several kings crowd the pages of history whose dates and exact relationship
are matters of speculation among historians. The official genealogy traces the
imperial line from Kumaragupta through Purugupta and altogether ignores
Skandagupta. We do not know for certain whether Purugupta ascended the
throne immediately after his father’s death or seized the throne after the death
of his brother Skandagupta. But indubitably he reigned and reigned for a brief
period and the imperial line was continued by his two sons Buddhagupta and
Narasimhagupta.
    The reference to Kumaragupta II in the inscriptions introduces a complex
problem in the official genealogy. He might have been a son of Skandagupta
who was succeeded by Buddhagupta. It is also probable that Kumaragupta II
was a son of Purugupta and succeeded him after his death. In any case the
reigns of Purugupta and Kumaragupta II were short.
    With the accession of Buddhagupta the history of the imperial Guptas
stands on a firm ground. The records of his reign prove beyond doubt that he
ruled over extensive regions stretching from Malwa to Bengal. But it was
during his reign that the Gupta empire showed signs of visible decay with
feudatory states breaking away from the empire.
    The Maitrakas of Valabhi, ruling in Kathiawar peninsula, and the
Parivrajakas of Bundelkhand refer only in vague general terms to the
paramount Gupta emperor indicating their determination to throw off the
suzerainty of the imperial Guptas. Similarly, Maharaja Subandhu, a
contemporary of Buddhagupta, who issued a land grant from the ancient