greatness came to light even when he was still young. He said 'no' when the high position
of the Yuvaraja was offered to him. Someshwara the First was Vikramaditya's father. He had
three sons Someshwara the Second, Vikramaditya the Sixth and Jayasimha the Fourth.
From the very beginning Vikramaditya was very bright and bold. His father was very
proud of him. When Someshwara the First ascended the throne he was surrounded by many
enemies in the neighboring states. There was utter enmity between him and the Chola king
Rajadhiraja. They fought repeatedly. In the end Rajadhiraja died. The other states, too,
attacked the Chalukya kingdom. So, Someshwara realized that it was not easy task for any
one whom ascended the throne to defend and to retain it.
Someshwara always thought that only a hero of heroes could keep the throne. Someshwara
was watching his sons to decide which of them was fit to be his successor. His eldest son
Someshwara the Second was not a strong man. Vikramaditya was a veritable lion. So the king
thought that he was fit to be his successor. 'This boy can defend the kingdom and protect
the people' thought the king.