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Jayadeva (pronounced [dʑɐjɐˈdeːʋɐ]; Odia: ଜୟଦେବ; born c. 1170 CE), also spelt Jaideva, was a Sanskrit poet during the 12th century. He is most known for his epic poem Gita Govinda which concentrates on Krishna's love with the gopi, Radha, in a rite of spring. This poem, which presents the view that Radha is greater than Krishna, is considered an important text in the Bhakti movement of Hinduism.Little is known of his life, except that he was a loner poet and a Hindu mendicant celebrated for his poetic genius in eastern India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jayadeva has received more than 412,463 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Jayadeva is the 983rd most popular religious figure (up from 1,119th in 2019), the 158th most popular biography from India (up from 172nd in 2019) and the 15th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Jayadeva ranks 983 out of 2,238Before him are Johann Eck, Augustine of Canterbury, Charles I, Count of Flanders, Ibn Qutaybah, Al-Tabarani, and Isma'il ibn Ja'far. After him are Simeon Stylites the Younger, Euthymius the Great, Benedict the Moor, Adalbert of Magdeburg, Walter Kasper, and Nicanor the Deacon.

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Among people born in 1170, Jayadeva ranks 10Before him are Wolfram von Eschenbach, Walther von der Vogelweide, Constantine Laskaris, Hermann von Salza, Isabella of Hainault, and Muqali. After him are Otto I, Count of Burgundy, Pierre de Castelnau, Al-Afdal ibn Salah ad-Din, Jacques de Vitry, Abdallah al-Adil, and Conrad II, Duke of Swabia. Among people deceased in 1245, Jayadeva ranks 2Before him is Rusudan of Georgia. After him are Alexander of Hales, Beatrice d'Este, Queen of Hungary, and Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence.

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Among people born in India, Jayadeva ranks 158 out of 1,493Before him are Mariam-uz-Zamani (1542), S. R. Ranganathan (1892), Ravi Shankar (1956), Lala Lajpat Rai (1865), Dhyan Chand (1905), and Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671). After him are Sambhaji (1657), Subramania Bharati (1882), Bahadur Shah I (1643), M. Visvesvaraya (1861), Anna Leonowens (1831), and Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835).


Among religious figures born in India, Jayadeva ranks 15Before him are Maudgalyayana (-568), Radha (null), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918), Dayananda Saraswati (1824), Anthony de Mello (1931), and Ravi Shankar (1956). After him are Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), Guru Arjan (1563), Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Śāntarakṣita (725), and Anandi Gopal Joshi (1865).