A modern depiction of Vikramaditya in
IAST: Vikramāditya) was a legendary emperor of ancient
India. Often characterised as an ideal king, he is known for his generosity, courage, and patronage of scholars. Vikramaditya is featured in hundreds of traditional Indian legends, including those in
Baital Pachisi and
Singhasan Battisi. Many describe him as a universal ruler, with his capital at
Pratishthana in a few stories).
According to popular tradition Vikramaditya began the
Vikrama Samvat era in 57 BCE after defeating the
Shakas, and those who believe that he is based on an historical figure place him around the first century BCE. However, this era is identified as "Vikrama Samvat" after the ninth century CE. Other scholars believe that Vikramaditya is a mythical character, since several legends about him are
fantastic in nature.
"Vikramaditya" was a common title adopted by several Indian kings, and the Vikramaditya legends may be embellished accounts of different kings (particularly