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Patanjali (Sanskrit: पतञ्जलि, romanized: Patañjali), also called Gonardiya or Gonikaputra, was a Hindu author, mystic and philosopher. Estimates based on analysis of his works suggests that he may have lived between the 2nd century BCE and the 4th century CE. Patanjali is regarded as an avatar of Adi Sesha.He is believed to be an author and compiler of a number of Sanskrit works. The greatest of these are the Yoga Sutras, a classical yoga text. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Patanjali has received more than 2,241,358 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Patanjali is the 8th most popular linguist, the most popular biography from Sri Lanka and the most popular Sri Lankan Linguist.

Patanjali is most famous for his Yoga Sutras.

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Among linguists, Patanjali ranks 8 out of 161Before him are Noam Chomsky, Max Müller, William James Sidis, Roman Jakobson, Mahmud al-Kashgari, and Mesrop Mashtots. After him are Pāṇini, Franz Bopp, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Edward Sapir, August Schleicher, and Georges Dumézil.

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Among people born in 200 BC, Patanjali ranks 3Before him are Judas Maccabeus and Lentulus Batiatus. After him are Zhang Qian, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Mattathias, John Hyrcanus, Eumenes III, Nicomedes IV of Bithynia, Timaeus of Locri, Micipsa, and Antipater of Sidon. Among people deceased in 150 BC, Patanjali ranks 1After him are Demetrius I Soter, Seleucus of Seleucia, Diogenes of Babylon, Apollodorus the Epicurean, Sanchuniathon, Lucius Cassius Longinus Ravilla, Gaius Sextius Calvinus, Manius Aquillius, and Spurius Postumius Albinus Magnus.

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In Sri Lanka

Among people born in Sri Lanka, Patanjali ranks 1 out of 44After him are Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1916), Velupillai Prabhakaran (1954), Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877), Anagarika Dharmapala (1864), Tony Hoare (1934), Jack Churchill (1906), Aryadeva (200), Mahinda Rajapaksa (1945), Gotabaya Rajapaksa (1949), William Chester Minor (1834), and Chandrika Kumaratunga (1945).

Among LINGUISTS In Sri Lanka

Among linguists born in Sri Lanka, Patanjali ranks 1