80 BC - 2 BC

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Valmiki (; Sanskrit: वाल्मीकि Vālmīki [ʋɑːl̪miːki]) is celebrated as the harbinger-poet in Sanskrit literature. The epic Ramayana, dated variously from the 5th century BCE to first century BCE, is attributed to him, based on the attribution in the text itself. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Valmiki has received more than 2,300,469 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Valmiki is the 465th most popular writer (down from 333rd in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from India (down from 31st in 2019) and the 7th most popular Indian Writer.

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

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  • 2.3M

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  • 74.70

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  • 54

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.73

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.45

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Valmiki ranks 465 out of 5,794Before him are Tulsidas, Wu Cheng'en, Thomas Paine, Statius, J. M. G. Le Clézio, and T. S. Eliot. After him are Theodore Dreiser, Louis Aragon, Paula Hitler, Susan Sontag, Tennessee Williams, and Yunus Emre.

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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 42 out of 1,227Before him are Amartya Sen (1933), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Aryabhata (476), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Bhāskara II (1114), and Tulsidas (1532). After him are Julie Christie (1940), Sariputta (-568), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Sita (null), Ghalib (1797), and Salman Rushdie (1947).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Valmiki ranks 7Before him are George Orwell (1903), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Kālidāsa (400), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), and Tulsidas (1532). After him are Ghalib (1797), Salman Rushdie (1947), Premchand (1880), Vātsyāyana (300), Meera (1498), and Tukaram (1608).