599 BC - 527 BC

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Mahavira (Sanskrit: महावीर:), also known as Vardhamana was the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. He was the spiritual successor of 23rd Tirthankara Parshvanatha. Mahavira was born in the early part of the 6th century BCE into a royal Kshatriya Jain family in Bihar, India. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahavira has received more than 2,812,555 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Mahavira is the 402nd most popular religious figure (down from 392nd in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from India (up from 36th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Indian Religious Figure.

Mahavira is most famous for being the founder of Jainism. He was a prince who renounced his throne and became a monk.

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Among religious figures, Mahavira ranks 402 out of 2,272. Before him are Pope Pontian, Gregory Palamas, Maya, Pope John III, Pope Boniface III, and Pope Valentine. After him are Pope Leo II, Pope Eugene II, Gad, Pope Caius, Pope Zephyrinus, and Philomena.

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Among people born in 599 BC, Mahavira ranks 1 Among people deceased in 527 BC, Mahavira ranks 2Before him is Peisistratos.

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Among people born in India, Mahavira ranks 33 out of 1,227. Before him are Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), B. R. Ambedkar (1891), Rama (null), Alauddin Khalji (1266), C. V. Raman (1888), and Salman Khan (1965). After him are Aishwarya Rai (1973), Jahangir (1569), Amartya Sen (1933), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Aryabhata (476), and Swami Vivekananda (1863).


Among religious figures born in India, Mahavira ranks 3Before him are Ānanda (-600) and Sathya Sai Baba (1926). After him are Mahākāśyapa (-550), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Maudgalyayana (-568), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Anthony de Mello (1931), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), and Radha (null).