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Valmiki (; Sanskrit: वाल्मीकि, Vālmīki [ʋɑːlmiːki]) was a legendary poet who is celebrated as the traditional author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attribution in the text itself. He is revered as Ādi Kavi, the first poet, author of Ramayana, the first epic poem. The Ramayana, originally written by Valmiki, consists of 24,000 shlokas and seven cantos (kaṇḍas). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Valmiki has received more than 3,322,861 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Valmiki is the 269th most popular writer (up from 465th in 2019), the 30th most popular biography from India (up from 42nd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Indian Writer.

Valmiki is most famous for writing the Ramayana, an epic poem about the life of Rama.

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Among writers, Valmiki ranks 269 out of 5,755Before him are Alfonso X of Castile, Henry Miller, Carlo Goldoni, William Golding, Jordanes, and Chrétien de Troyes. After him are Shams Tabrizi, Françoise Sagan, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Carl Spitteler, Guillaume de Machaut, and C. S. Lewis.

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Among people born in 80 BC, Valmiki ranks 2Before him is Vercingetorix. After him are Aenesidemus, Sosigenes of Alexandria, Gnaeus Pompeius, and Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus. Among people deceased in 2 BC, Valmiki ranks 1After him are Phraates IV and Iullus Antonius.

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In India

Among people born in India, Valmiki ranks 30 out of 1,493Before him are Shah Rukh Khan (1965), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Kabir (1440), and Adi Shankara (788). After him are Aryabhata (476), Aurangzeb (1618), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), Padmasambhava (717), Amartya Sen (1933), and Mahavira (-599).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Valmiki ranks 5Before him are George Orwell (1903), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Rudyard Kipling (1865), and Kālidāsa (400). After him are Tulsidas (1532), Meera (1498), Salman Rushdie (1947), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Savitribai Phule (1831), Premchand (1880), and Ghalib (1797).