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Harsha (c. 590–647 CE), also known as Harshavardhana, was an Indian emperor who ruled North India from 606 to 647 CE. He was a member of the Vardhana dynasty; and was the son of Prabhakarvardhana who defeated the Alchon Huna invaders, and the younger brother of Rajyavardhana, a king of Thanesar, present-day Haryana. At the height of Harsha's power, his Empire covered much of North and Northwestern India, extended East till Kamarupa, and South until Narmada River; and eventually made Kannauj (in the present Uttar Pradesh state) his capital, and ruled till 647 CE. Harsha was defeated by the south Indian Emperor Pulakeshin II of the Chalukya dynasty in the Battle of Narmada when Harsha tried to expand his Empire into the southern peninsula of India.The peace and prosperity that prevailed made his court a centre of cosmopolitanism, attracting scholars, artists and religious visitors from far and wide. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harsha has received more than 1,252,474 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Harsha is the 2,222nd most popular politician (up from 2,357th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from India (up from 72nd in 2019) and the 20th most popular Indian Politician.

Harsha is most famous for his literary work, Harshacharita, which is a biography of the Hindu king Harsha.

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Among politicians, Harsha ranks 2,222 out of 15,710Before him are Ferdinand I of León, Tiglath-Pileser III, Damdin Sükhbaatar, Magnus I of Sweden, Siptah, and Marcus Claudius Tacitus. After him are Adolfo Suárez, Crispus, Antigonus II Gonatas, Myeongjong of Joseon, Petronilla of Aragon, and Amaziah of Judah.

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Among people born in 590, Harsha ranks 2Before him is Pope Martin I. After him are Kavad II, Boran, and Eanfrith of Bernicia. Among people deceased in 647, Harsha ranks 2Before him is Queen Seondeok of Silla. After him is Gregory the Patrician.

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Among people born in India, Harsha ranks 67 out of 1,227Before him are Cliff Richard (1940), Ravi Shankar (1920), Ramana Maharshi (1879), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), Abdul Karim (1863), and Aśvaghoṣa (80). After him are Pete Best (1941), Nathuram Godse (1910), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Śuddhodana (-590), and Ronald Ross (1857).


Among politicians born in India, Harsha ranks 20Before him are Sariputta (-568), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Tipu Sultan (1750), Narendra Modi (1950), Ram Nath Kovind (1945), and Abdul Karim (1863). After him are Śuddhodana (-590), Sher Shah Suri (1486), Rajiv Gandhi (1944), Bahadur Shah Zafar (1775), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), and Mohammed Nadir Shah (1883).