A Comprehensive Study of Huna Invasion in India during the Reign of Skandagupta

Keywords: Bhitari, Huna, Mlechchha, Pushyamitra, Skandagupta


The Gupta age was considered the golden age of ancient Indian history. However, during the reign of Emperor Skandagupta the stability of the Empire was threatened by the invasion of a Central Asian tribe, The Huna. Emperor Skandagupta was at that time dealing with the rebellion of Pushyamitra’s. and The Huna after ravaging Persia thought that time was ripe to invest in India. Even though the imperial fabric of the Gupta’s was in a decaying stage, nevertheless Skandagupta defeated the Hunas. The conquest of the Hunas is mentioned particularly on the Bhitari pillar inscription, and the conquest of the Mlechcchas is mentioned in more general terms on the Junagadh rock inscription, albeit the Mlechcchas cannot be definitively identified as the Hunas. The Hunas were thoroughly defeated by Skandagupta, according to the inscription on the pillar. This article is aimed to highlight the nature and outcome of the conflict between Skandagupta and The Hunas.

Author Biography

Sakir Hossain Laskar, Aligarh Muslim University, India

SAKIR HOSSAIN LASKAR has completed his M.A. in Medieval Indian History from the Center of Advanced Study, Department of History of Aligarh Muslim University. He received his B.A. in Economics from the Department of Economics, Aligarh Muslim University. He is interested mostly in the area of Medieval and Modern history, with special emphasis on legal and constitutional history, economic history, diplomatic history, history of Sufism, historiography, and military history.

How to Cite
Laskar, S. (2022). A Comprehensive Study of Huna Invasion in India during the Reign of Skandagupta. International Journal of Social Science Research and Review, 5(5), 67-72. https://doi.org/10.47814/ijssrr.v5i5.236