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Rajneesh (born Chandra Mohan Jain; 11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990), also known as Acharya Rajneesh, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and later as Osho (Hindi pronunciation: [ˈo:ʃo:]), was an Indian Godman, philosopher, mystic, and founder of the Rajneesh movement. He was viewed as a controversial new religious movement leader during his life. He rejected institutional religions, insisting that spiritual experience could not be organized into any one system of religious dogma. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rajneesh has received more than 17,022,312 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Rajneesh is the 3rd most popular occultist (down from 2nd in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from India (down from 4th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Occultist.

Rajneesh is most famous for being the spiritual leader of the Rajneesh movement, which was a new religious movement in India in the 1970s.

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Among occultists, Rajneesh ranks 3 out of 37Before him are Nostradamus and Grigori Rasputin. After him are Baba Vanga, John Dee, Helena Blavatsky, Count of St. Germain, Aleister Crowley, Alessandro Cagliostro, Anton LaVey, Allan Kardec, and Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa.

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Among people born in 1931, Rajneesh ranks 3Before him are Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. After him are A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Toni Morrison, James Dean, Raúl Castro, Chun Doo-hwan, Monica Vitti, Desmond Tutu, Philip Kotler, and Robert Duvall. Among people deceased in 1990, Rajneesh ranks 1After him are Lev Yashin, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, B. F. Skinner, Roald Dahl, Louis Althusser, Leonard Bernstein, Alberto Moravia, Norbert Elias, Paulette Goddard, and Sarah Vaughan.

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In India

Among people born in India, Rajneesh ranks 5 out of 1,493Before him are Mahatma Gandhi (1869), Rama (null), Ashoka (-304), and George Orwell (1903). After him are Narendra Modi (1950), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Vivien Leigh (1913), and Ramakrishna (1836).


Among occultists born in India, Rajneesh ranks 1