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Vikramaditya was a legendary emperor of Ujjain, India, famed for his wisdom, valour and magnanimity. The title "Vikramaditya" was later assumed by many other kings in Indian history, notably the Gupta KingChandragupta II and Samrat Hem Chandra Vikramaditya (popularly known as 'Hemu'). The name King Vikramaditya is a Sanskrit tatpurusha, from (vikrama) meaning "valour" and Āditya, son of Aditi. One of the most famous sons of Aditi, or Adityas, was Surya the sun god; hence, Vikramaditya means Surya, translating to "(One) Of valour equal to the Sun". He is also called Vikrama or Vikramarka (Sanskritarka meaning the Sun). Vikramaditya lived in the first century BCE. According to the Katha-sarita-sagara account, he was the son of Ujjain's King Mahendraditya of the Paramara dynasty. However this was written almost 12 centuries later. Furthermore, according to other sources Vikramaditya is also recorded to be an ancestor of the Tuar dynasty of Delhi and maternal uncle and caretaker to the infant Parmar king.

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Vikramadithya is the first great Hindu King among the ten great kings. Vikramadithya was a son of Gandharva Sena. Gods showered flowers at his birth. At the age of five, he went to do austere penance (Thapasya) for 12 years. Bethala or Vethala became his assistant as he sacrificed a treacherous mantrika to Kalika Devi. He received a throne from Indra as he settled a dispute between Rambha and Urvasi. In his Judgement Urvasi's dance was superior to Rambha's because Rambha lost confidence and her garland flowers became pale as she worried about victory while dancing. He received a boon that he and his descendants would rule the kingdom for 1000 years. His grandson was King Shalivahana of Paithan(Pratisthan). Vikramadithya performed a Yagna attended by all the gods except the Moon god. Hence he went to the Moon world (Chandra Loka) and asked for the reason. The Moon God replied that he did not come as it was Kaliyug

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The Vikramarka Shaka era (or Vikrama era) is attributed to him. Many Indian kings took him as ideal and kept his name as their title. The Bethala Pachisi and Dwathrimshathi are popular stories about him. Vikramaditya, Shalivahana and Boja Kings are detailed in Bhavishya Purana. The first two kings had independent sakas or eras, while Shalivahana era continues to be followed in the Indian Calendar. Among these kings, Vikramaditya stands first.

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"Vikramaditya" was one of the sons of Gandharva Sena, son of Lord Indra. Lord Indra cursed Gandharva Sena to become a donkey as he had obstructed the way of "Mohini apsara" while she was on her way to meet Lord Shiva on Mount Kailash. Lord Indra offered to restore Gandharva Sena to his human state if he married a Princess. Gandharva Sena, in the form of a donkey sent a proposal to the King of Dhara through a potter. The King hesitated, but he agreed on condition that Gandharva Sen had to construct a Bronze wall around his Kingdom with a silver Gate within a single night. Gandharva Sena suceeded in completing the task with the assistance of Lord "Viswa Karma". The Princess agreed to marry Gandharva Sen on the condition that he would return to Indra Loka only after her death, as he was immortal. Gandharva Sena, through his marriage with a princess, had three sons. They were Vikramaditya, Barthruhari and Parbatha.

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King Vikramaditya had one son namely Aditya Vardana and a daughter. His Grand son name is Shalivahana whose name also mentioned in Bavishya Puran.

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