The Gopala dynasty

 The Gopala dynasty was a ruling dynasty in ancient Bengal, which existed from the 8th century to the 11th century CE. The dynasty was founded by king Gopala, who came to power in 750 CE and established the Pala Empire. The Pala Empire was one of the most powerful empires in the Indian subcontinent during its time, and it played a major role in the development of Buddhism in India. The Pala kings were known for their patronage of Buddhism and for their support of the Buddhist monasteries and universities, such as the famous Vikramashila University. The Gopala dynasty ended with the death of the last Pala king, Ramapala, in the 12th century CE.