Early Hisory of Orissa – The Guptas

About 350 A.D. Samudragupta led his South India campaigns. He defeated king Mahendra of South Kosala and following the course of the Mahanadi attacked the kingdom of Kosala. He defeated king Mantaraja of Kosala and Vyagharaja of Kantara and marched further south to the plains of Kalinga region where he defeated king Swamidutta of Kuttura, king Damena of Erandapala, king Kuvera of Devarastra and Mahendragiri, the chief of Pishtapura. The claims of Samudragupta regarding his south Indian conquests are subject to doubt. No other Gupta kings who ruled after him are known to have come over south India.


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