Dayananda Saraswati

1824 - 1883

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Dayananda Saraswati (pronunciation ) (12 February 1824 – 30 October 1883) was an Indian philosopher, social leader and founder of the Arya Samaj, a reform movement of the Vedic dharma. He was the first to give the call for Swaraj as "India for Indians" in 1876, a call later taken up by Lokmanya Tilak. Denouncing the idolatry and ritualistic worship, he worked towards reviving Vedic ideologies. Subsequently, the philosopher and President of India, S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dayananda Saraswati has received more than 2,110,617 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Dayananda Saraswati is the 1,117th most popular religious figure (down from 1,007th in 2019), the 170th most popular biography from India (down from 150th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 1,117 out of 2,272Before him are Abbo of Fleury, Abdullah ibn Muhammad, Abo of Tiflis, Dom Justo Takayama, Saint Chrysogonus, and Violet Brown. After him are Jubal, Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, Jayadeva, Theodulf of Orléans, John Ball, and Anan ben David.

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Among people born in 1824, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 25Before him are Stonewall Jackson, Ludwig Büchner, Karl-Maria Kertbeny, Tokugawa Iesada, Peter Cornelius, and Johann Wilhelm Hittorf. After him are Leland Stanford, Jozef Israëls, Princess Francisca of Brazil, Gustave Boulanger, Adolphe Monticelli, and Louis II, Grand Duke of Baden. Among people deceased in 1883, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 22Before him are Friedrich von Flotow, Édouard Roche, Prince Charles of Prussia, Pierre Auguste Cot, Tự Đức, and Sojourner Truth. After him are Franz Doppler, Alexander Gorchakov, Pertevniyal Sultan, Filippo Pacini, Wilhelm Peters, and Hendrik Conscience.

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Among people born in India, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 170 out of 1,227Before him are Zakir Husain (1897), Abdul Qadeer Khan (1936), Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Dharmendra (1935), Sivananda Saraswati (1887), and Henry McMahon (1862). After him are Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak (1551), Jayadeva (1170), V. V. Giri (1894), Śāntarakṣita (725), Eknath (1533), and Abdul-Qādir Bedil (1642).


Among religious figures born in India, Dayananda Saraswati ranks 17Before him are Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Radha (null), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Guru Arjan (1563), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), and Mata Amritanandamayi (1953). After him are Jayadeva (1170), Śāntarakṣita (725), Meher Baba (1894), Guru Angad (1504), Guru Amar Das (1479), and Parshvanatha (-872).