King Vikramaditya

Emperor Vikramaditya was a renowned king who ruled India. He had earned name for his wisdom, velour and nobility. The second son of Ujjain’s King Gandharvasena, Vikramaditya was born in 102 BC and died in 15 AD. He ruled Ujjain for over 100 years. His era is known as Vikram Samvat and is still followed in India. Vikramaditya was a devotee of Maa Harsiddhi. His Idol is present near the temple of Harsiddhi. There are many folk tales linked with Vikramaditya. Vikramaditya gave his head as a sacrifice to please Harsiddhi.

Vikramaditya gained super natural powers by practicing Bhetala sadhana at Siddha vat. There are tales with the title ‘Vikram-Betaal’ highlighting that story.

The throne (Singhasan) of Vikramaditya was given by Lord Indra and had mystic powers. This throne went missing after the period of Vikramaditya. When it appeared in the period of the king Bhoja, he tried to climb it. The salabhanjikas (Mystic powers) tested him and finally accepted Bhoja to sit on the throne. ‘Singhasan Battisi’ contains the tales relating to that story.

Bhartrihari and Bhatti are the elder and Younger brothers of Vikramaditya. Bhartrihari abandoned kingdom and became Yogi. Bhatti was also a devotee of Harsiddhi. It is said that Bhatti and Vikramaditya ruled Ujjaini for a long period sharing a year in to two halves.

Navaratnas were said to be present in the court of Vikramaditya. They were:

1. Dhanvantari
2. Kshapanaka
3. Amara simha
4. Shanku bhatta
5. Vetala bhatta
6. Ghatakharpara
7. Varahamihira
8. Vararuchi
9. Kalidasa (Most famous poet of Sanskrit language).

In Rudra sagar, there are some stones present, called as the remnants of the throne of king Vikramaditya.

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