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Vikramāditya literally means ‘Sun of Valor’.
 
Vikramāditya literally means ‘Sun of Valor’.
  
Tradition and old legends describe a great and heroic king named Vikramāditya who drove away foreigners,<ref>These foreigners were Śakas or Huṇas.</ref> built an empire and ruled from Ujjayini as his capital. There were nine great men of learning, generally called the Navaratnas,<ref>Navratnas means nine gems.</ref> including Kālidāsa, Dhanvantari, Varāhamihira and Vararuci, in his court under his patronage. Later a few kings of the historical period assumed this name as a title. The Vikramaśaka is reckoned from the year 57 B. C., probably the year of his coronation. This śaka is commonly observed and used in North India.
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Tradition and old legends describe a great and heroic king named Vikramāditya who drove away foreigners,<ref>These foreigners were Śakas or Huṇas.</ref> built an empire and ruled from [[Ujjayini]] as his capital. There were nine great men of learning, generally called the Navaratnas,<ref>Navratnas means nine gems.</ref> including Kālidāsa, [[Dhanvantari]], [[Varāhamihira]] and Vararuci, in his court under his patronage. Later a few kings of the historical period assumed this name as a title. The Vikramaśaka is reckoned from the year 57 B. C., probably the year of his coronation. This śaka is commonly observed and used in North India.
  
  
 
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==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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Latest revision as of 06:19, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vikramaditya, VikramAditya, Vikramaaditya


Vikramāditya literally means ‘Sun of Valor’.

Tradition and old legends describe a great and heroic king named Vikramāditya who drove away foreigners,[1] built an empire and ruled from Ujjayini as his capital. There were nine great men of learning, generally called the Navaratnas,[2] including Kālidāsa, Dhanvantari, Varāhamihira and Vararuci, in his court under his patronage. Later a few kings of the historical period assumed this name as a title. The Vikramaśaka is reckoned from the year 57 B. C., probably the year of his coronation. This śaka is commonly observed and used in North India.


References

  1. These foreigners were Śakas or Huṇas.
  2. Navratnas means nine gems.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore