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The Vakatakas rose to power in the latter half of the third century A.D., basing themselves on what remained of the Satavahana kingdom. Pravarasena I, ruling in the early fourth century A.D. conquered large parts of the western Deccan and central India.

The Vakataka kingdom was divided into four parts under the successor of Pravarasena I. This weakened the state, but at the same time prevented the Vakatakas from being humiliated by Samudra Gupta, since he was content to obtain the homage of the Vakataka feudatories in central India and did not harass the main line of the Vakataka kings.

Their survival after the Gupta campaigns gave them the opportunity to rearrange their territory to good advantage in dominating the Deccan. In the circumstances the Guptas found a marriage alliance advantageous.

As it happened, Rudrasena II died five years after coming to the throne and, his sons being minors, his widow (the daughter of Chandra Gupta II) acted as regent from c. 390-410. Thus the Vakataka kingdom became virtually a part of the Gupta empire.

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