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In the 3rd century BC, it was part of the kingdom of Samudragupta. In the 4th century AD, it became a seat of Buddhism in ancient Bengal and flourished as a centre of Buddhist learning for centuries. From 8th to 12th centuries AD, Burdwan was ruled by different Hindu dynasties like Pala Empire (9th-12th), Sena dynasty (1075–1174) and Deva dynasty (1162–1432). The place is also associated with Rajendra Chola I who invaded Bengal in 1022 CE. Bardhaman city is located at . It has an average elevation of 16 metres (52 feet). The city's area stretches from north to south and from east to west; covering an area over .