Vikramaditya, aka: Vikramāditya, Vikrama-aditya; 3 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Vikramāditya (विक्रमादित्य).—The Bhavishya Purana mentions that Vikramaditya ruled Bharatavarsha (India) bounded by Indus river in the west, Badaristhana (Badrinath) in the north, Kapila in the east and Setubandha (Rameshwaram) in the south. A hundred years after his death, many languages and many religions had developed in the 18 kingdoms of the Aryadesha (country of the Aryas). When the outsiders such as the Śakas heard about the destruction of dharma (righteousness, law and order) in Aryadesha, they raided the country by crossing the Indus and the Himalayas. They plundered Aryas and returned to their countries with the wives of the Aryas. Shalivahana, the grandson of Vikramaditya, then subjugated the Śakas and other barbarians. He defined the maryada to distinguish the Aryans from the mlecchas, and established Indus as the border between the Aryan lands and the land of the mlecchas.

(Source): WikiPedia: Hinduism

India history and geogprahy

1) Vikramāditya I (विक्रमादित्य) (655–680 CE), the favourite son of Pulakeśin II had already some experience of ruling, because he was helping his father Pulikeśin II who bore the title “Parameśvara” after defeating successfully King Harṣavardhana of Kanauj. That means it was a decisive war in which the young prince had participated. On his accession to the throne King Vikramāditya I tried his best to reestablish peace and order in the realm. King Vikramāditya I was succeeded by his son and grandson Vinayāditya and Vijayāditya.

2) Vikramāditya II.—With the rule of Vikramāditya II in A.D. 733-34 to 744-45, once again stars started to shine over the Calukya kingdom. Within a span of ten years, King Vikramāditya II, son of King Vijāditya, achieved even much more than his father and grandfather.

(Source): Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal

Vikramāditya or Vikramādityadeva (fl. 1139 A.D.) is the son of Aparāditya, according to the “Panhāle plates of Vikramāditya”. It seems that Vikramāditya was very dear to Aparāditya, who had appointed him in supercession of his other sons, to govern the southern part of his kingdom with his capital at Praṇālaka in his life-time. So, having made the grant, he asked his son to execute it as the donated village lay in his territory (Praṇālaka-viṣaya).

These copper plates (mentioning Vikramāditya) were found at Panhāle in the Dāpolī-tālukā of the Ratnāgiri District. It records a grant made by Aparāditya for the spiritual welfare of his son, the prince (Kumāra) Vikramāditya. It was made by Aparāditya on the occasion of a lunar eclipse, on Monday, the 15th tithi of the bright fortnight of Āśvina in the expired Śaka year 1061.

(Source): What is India: Inscriptions of the Śilāhāras
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context information

The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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