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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Meet the Emperor. Samrat Vikramaditya, who began Vikrami Samvat 2072 years ago.

Emperor Vikramaditya statue in the Captain's chamber on 
INS Vikramaditya
Vikram Samvat (Vikram SamwatVikram SambtBikram SamvatBikram SamwatBikram Sambat or Vikram's Era) विक्रम सम्वत्)  is the calendar established by emperor Vikramaditya. It uses lunar months and solar sidereal year. It is the official calendar of Nepal, also termed Bikram Sambat, but is computed using the tropical year.
The Vikrama Samvat is said to have been founded by the emperor Vikramaditya of Ujjain  following his victory over the Sakas in 56 BC, Indian Navy's proud warship, with a 12 acre deck, is named after the great emperor
The statue of Emperor Vikramaditya in the Captains Chamber on INS Vikramaditya

The crest of INS Vikramaditya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan on the deck of INS Vikramaditya on June 14, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday June 14th, 2014, dedicated India's largest warship INS Vikramaditya to the nation.
He also sought to make the country self-reliant in manufacturing defence equipment, shedding dependence on imports.
In his first outing after taking charge as Prime Minister, he addressed the naval personnel onboard the ship off the Goa coast, calling the addition of the warship to the force as a "historic" step, reported PTI.
"It is an important day for our nation. It is a golden day in Indian Navy's history. For me, it is a matter of pride and happiness that INS Vikramaditya is joining the Navy. It is a historic step," he said.

Stressing on the need for self-reliance in defence equipment manufacturing, he said, "We need to give immense importance to latest technology. This will help the nation.
Why should we import defence equipment? We must be self sufficient. Why can't we send our defence equipment to other nations."
The Prime Minister also promised to set up a War Memorial for those who sacrificed their lives for the country.
He said this government has come with a determination and was committed to implement the "One Rank, One pension" scheme for defence personnel.

"Our government has the potential to match anyone in the world and the reason for this is the capability of our soldiers who give us the strength to do so," he said in his address, adding that the country intends to move forward in the same manner, without lowering its eyes.

The Majestic King Emperor of the seas- VIKRAMADITYA 

Tarun Vijay with the statue of Emperor Vikramaditya on INS Vikramaditya

The statue of Emperor Vikramaditya has this explanation on the brass plate which says The Name-Vikramaditya meaning "Sun of Prowess" was a title assumed by various ancient Indian Kings. King Chandragupta II , the third Gupta emperor is widely believed to have had the best credentials and is considered as the original King Vikramaditya.