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Dayananda Saraswati

1824 - 1883

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Dayanand Saraswati () (born Mool Shankar Tiwari; 12 February 1824 – 30 October 1883), was an Indian philosopher, social leader and founder of the Arya Samaj, a reform movement of Hinduism. His magnum opus is the book Satyarth Prakash, which has remained a highly influential text on the philosophy of the Vedas and clarifications of various ideas and duties of human beings. He was the first to give the call for Swaraj as "India for Indians" in 1876, a call later taken up by Lokmanya Tilak. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dayananda Saraswati has received more than 3,025,343 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Dayananda Saraswati is the 861st most popular religious figure (up from 1,116th in 2019), the 131st most popular biography from India (up from 170th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 861 out of 2,238Before him are Avvakum, Philipp Spener, Basil Fool for Christ, Anastasius of Persia, Antipope Laurentius, and Antipope Honorius II. After him are Aristides of Athens, Frumentius, Lothair II of Italy, Antipope Felix II, Eulalia of Barcelona, and Anthony de Mello.

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Among people born in 1824, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 16Before him are Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Marie Duplessis, Wilkie Collins, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, Stonewall Jackson, and Carl Reinecke. After him are William Huggins, William Walker, Princess Sophie of the Netherlands, Karl-Maria Kertbeny, Tokugawa Iesada, and Ludwig Büchner. Among people deceased in 1883, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 14Before him are Midhat Pasha, Charles II, Duke of Parma, Frederick Francis II, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Eva Gonzalès, and Joseph Plateau. After him are Thomas Mayne Reid, Prince Charles of Prussia, Pierre Auguste Cot, Friedrich von Flotow, Alexander Gorchakov, and Édouard Roche.

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Among people born in India, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 131 out of 1,493Before him are Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936), Buddhaghosa (401), Mangal Pandey (1827), Vidyapati (1352), Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621), and Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (1551). After him are Prithviraj Chauhan (1159), Anthony de Mello (1931), Mamnoon Hussain (1940), Pranab Mukherjee (1935), Ravidas (1450), and Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906).


Among religious figures born in India, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 12Before him are Mahākāśyapa (-550), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Maudgalyayana (-568), Radha (null), and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918). After him are Anthony de Mello (1931), Ravi Shankar (1956), Jayadeva (1170), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), and Guru Arjan (1563).