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Nāgārjuna [c. 150 – c. 250 CE (disputed)] was an Indian Mahāyāna Buddhist thinker, scholar-saint and philosopher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nagarjuna has received more than 1,490,750 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Nagarjuna is the 84th most popular philosopher (up from 106th in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from India (up from 17th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Indian Philosopher.

Nagarjuna is most famous for his Madhyamaka philosophy. He was a Buddhist monk who lived in the second century CE and is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Buddhist philosophy.

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Among philosophers, Nagarjuna ranks 84 out of 1,081Before him are Jeremy Bentham, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roger Bacon, Jean Bodin, and Nicholas of Cusa. After him are Gregory of Nazianzus, Carl von Clausewitz, Al-Kindi, Athanasius of Alexandria, Boethius, and Leucippus.

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Among people born in 150, Nagarjuna ranks 1After him are Clement of Alexandria, Shapur I, Pope Zephyrinus, Clodius Albinus, Lucilla, Dian Wei, Aristides of Athens, Vologases IV, Zhang Zhongjing, Gogukcheon of Goguryeo, and Aquilia Severa. Among people deceased in 250, Nagarjuna ranks 1After him are Pope Fabian, Denis, Philostratus, Herodian, Cai Yan, Saint Mercurius, Aryadeva, Aristides Quintilianus, Censorinus, and Licinianus.

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In India

Among people born in India, Nagarjuna ranks 14 out of 1,493Before him are Amitabh Bachchan (1942), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Vivien Leigh (1913), Ramakrishna (1836), and B. R. Ambedkar (1891). After him are Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Indira Gandhi (1917), Kālidāsa (400), Shivaji (1627), and Ānanda (-600).


Among philosophers born in India, Nagarjuna ranks 2Before him are Ramakrishna (1836). After him are Bodhidharma (483), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Padmasambhava (717), Vyasa (-390), Aśvaghoṣa (80), Ram Mohan Roy (1772), and Paramahansa Yogananda (1893).