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Aśvaghoṣa or Ashvaghosha (/'əɕʋə'gʰoːʂə/; c. 80 – c. 150 CE (Lopon rTa Yangs, སློབ་དཔོན་རྟ་དབྱངས།) was a Sarvāstivāda Buddhist philosopher, dramatist, poet and orator from India. He was born in Saketa in northern India. He is believed to have been the first Sanskrit dramatist, and is considered the greatest Indian poet prior to Kālidāsa. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aśvaghoṣa has received more than 306,014 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Aśvaghoṣa is the 290th most popular philosopher (up from 309th in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from India (up from 68th in 2019) and the 10th most popular Indian Philosopher.

Aśvaghoṣa is most famous for his epic poem, the Buddhacarita, which tells the story of the Buddha's life.

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Among philosophers, Aśvaghoṣa ranks 290 out of 1,089. Before him are Jacobus Arminius, Prodicus, Ramana Maharshi, John Searle, Anne Sullivan, and Alfred Tarski. After him are Panaetius, Pherecydes of Syros, A. S. Neill, Félix Guattari, Uriel da Costa, and Aenesidemus.

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Among people born in 80, Aśvaghoṣa ranks 1 Among people deceased in 150, Aśvaghoṣa ranks 1

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Among people born in India, Aśvaghoṣa ranks 66 out of 1,227. Before him are Meera (1498), Cliff Richard (1940), Ravi Shankar (1920), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), and Abdul Karim (1863). After him are Harsha (590), Pete Best (1941), Nathuram Godse (1910), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), and Śuddhodana (-590).


Among philosophers born in India, Aśvaghoṣa ranks 10Before him are Adi Shankara (788), Bodhidharma (483), Kabir (1440), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Sri Aurobindo (1872), and Ramana Maharshi (1879). After him are Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Vyasa (-390), Ramanuja (1017), Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883), and Abul A'la Maududi (1903).