Top 30 Most Famous Indian People of All Time

There have been many famous and great personalities in Indian history, who have become world famous for their talents and achievements. Today we are going to learn about the top 30 most famous and eminent Indian personalities from ancient period to the 21st Century. The list of these Famous Indian People is ranked by ‘Historical Popularity Index’ (HPI). Can you guess Who will be the Most Famous Indian of All Time in this list?

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Top 30 Famous Personalities of India
Mahatma Gandhi (rank 2), the Dalai Lama (rank 6) and PM Narendra Modi (rank 7) are among the Top 30 India’s Most Famous Personalities of All Time

Famous Personalities of India

This list includes all types of personalities in India like philosophers, spiritual gurus, political leaders, rulers, actors, artists, scientists, social reformers, and many more. Individuals who were not originally Indian but played an important role in Indian history are also included in this article.

These top 30 most famous Indian people are ranked according to Pantheon’s Historical Popularity Index (HPI) 2022.

 

Top 30 Famous People from India

The following 30 individuals are the most famous Indian personalities of all time, according to Pantheon’s Historical Popularity Index (HPI) of 2022. The highest HPI score is 100, and we have listed people with HPI score over 71.

 

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30. Sathya Sai Baba (HPI – 71.17)

Satya Sai Baba is most famous Indian
Sathya Sai Baba (Photo: Sri Sathya Sai International Organization)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Sathya Sai Baba is ranked 30th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI score) is 71.17. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia.

Sathya Sai Baba (23 November 1926 – 24 April 2011) was an Indian guru. At the age of fourteen he claimed that he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, and left his home to serve his devotees. The Sathya Sai Organisation, founded by Sathya Sai Baba “to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancemeknt”, has over 1,200 Sathya Sai Centres (branches) in 126 countries. Through this organisation, Sathya Sai Baba established a network of free super speciality hospitals and general hospitals, clinics, drinking water projects, a university, auditoriums, ashrams and schools. Read more on Wikipedia

 

29. Jiddu Krishnamurti (HPI – 71.26)

Jiddu Krishnamurti is a famous indian people
Jiddu Krishnamurti (Photo by David Gahr/Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Jiddu Krishnamurti is ranked 29th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His HPI score is 71.26. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life, he was groomed to be the new World Teacher, an advanced spiritual position in the theosophical tradition, but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the organization behind it.

His interests included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, holistic inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social. Read more on Wikipedia

 

28. Subhas Chandra Bose (HPI – 71.66

Subhash Chandra Bose is one of the most famous Indian personalities of all time
Subhas Chandra Bose is one of the most famous Indian people

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Subhas Chandra Bose is the 28th most famous Indian of all time. His HPI score is 71.66. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia.

Subhas Chandra Bose (23 January 1897 – 18 August 1945) was an Indian nationalist whose defiance of British authority in India made him a hero among Indians, but his wartime alliances with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan left a legacy vexed by authoritarianism, anti-Semitism, and military failure. In 2021, the Government of India declared 23 January as Parakram Divas (lit. ’Day of Valour’) to commemorate the birth anniversary of Subhas Chandra Bose. Read more on Wikipedia

 

27. Shah Rukh Khan (HPI – 71.72)

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Shah Rukh Khan is the second most famous Indian actor (Photo by Dinodia Photos/Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Shah Rukh Khan is ranked 27th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His HPI score is 71.72. His biography is available in 108 different languages on Wikipedia.

According to the Historical Popularity Index 2022, Shah Rukh Khan is the 4th most famous living Indian, and the 2nd most famous Indian actor of all time.

Shah Rukh Khan (born 2 November 1965) is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality who works in Hindi films. Referred to in the media as the “Baadshah of Bollywood”, “King of Bollywood” and “King Khan”, he has appeared in more than 80 films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards.

The Government of India has awarded him the Padma Shri, and the Government of France has awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Legion of Honour. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world. Read more on Wikipedia

 

26. Swami Vivekananda (HPI – 71.89)

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Swami Vivekananda (Photo Credit: Get Bengal)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Swami Vivekananda is the 26th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI score) is 71.89. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia.

Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902) was an Indian Hindu monk, philosopher, author, religious teacher, and the chief disciple of the Indian mystic Ramakrishna (#13). He was a key figure in the introduction of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world; and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, and bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion. He is regarded as a patriotic saint, and his birthday in India is celebrated as National Youth Day. Read more on Wikipedia

 

25. Chanakya (HPI – 71.99)

Chanakya is one of the most famous person from India
Chanakya is one of the most famous persons from India

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Chanakya is ranked 25th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI score) is 71.99. His biography is available in 113 different languages on Wikipedia.

Chanakya was an ancient Indian polymath who was active as a teacher, author, strategist, philosopher, economist, jurist, and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the fourth century BCE and the third century CE. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics. His works were lost near the end of the Gupta Empire in the sixth century CE and not rediscovered until the early 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

 

24. Chandragupta (HPI – 72.11

Chandragupta is a famous Indian personalities of all time
Chandragupta is one of the most famous Indian personalities of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Chandragupta Maurya is the 24th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI score) is 72.11. His biography is available in 81 different languages on Wikipedia. Chandragupta Maurya is also the sixth most famous king of India.

Chandragupta Maurya (350-295 BCE) was a ruler of Iron Age South Asia who expanded a geographically-extensive kingdom based in Magadha and founded the Maurya dynasty. He reigned from 320 BCE to 298 BCE. The Maurya kingdom expanded to become an empire that reached its peak under the reign of his grandson, Ashoka, from 268 BCE to 231 BCE. The nature of the political formation that existed in Chandragupta’s time is not certain. The Mauryan empire was a loose-knit empire. Read more on Wikipedia

 

23. Shah Jahan (HPI – 72.34

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Shah Jahan is one of the most famous Indian personalities of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Shah Jahan is ranked 23rd among the most famous Indian people of all time. He is also the 5th most famous king of India. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 72.34. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia.

Shah Jahan (5 January 1592 – 22 January 1666) was the fifth emperor of the Mughal Empire, reigning from January 1628 until July 1658. Under his emperorship, the Mughals reached the peak of their architectural achievements and cultural glory. He commissioned many monuments, including the Red Fort, Shah Jahan Mosque and the Taj Mahal, where his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal is entombed. Read more on Wikipedia

 

22. Bodhidharma (HPI – 72.92

Bodhidharma is a famous Indian personality

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Bodhidharma is the 22nd most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 72.92. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia.

Bodhidharma was an Indian philosopher and Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch. According to a 17th century apocryphal story found in a manual called Yijin Jing, he began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. He is known as Dámó in China and as Daruma in Japan. His name means “dharma of awakening (bodhi)” in Sanskrit. Read more on Wikipedia

 

21. Babur (HPI – 73.87

Babur
Babur (Photo credit: Facebook/ @britishmuseum)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Babur is the 21st most famous person in Indian History. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 73.87. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia. Babur is also the 4th most famous king of India.

Babur (14 February 1483 – 26 December 1530) was the founder of the Mughal Empire in the Indian subcontinent. He was a descendant of Timur and Genghis Khan through his father and mother respectively. He was also given the posthumous name of Firdaws Makani (‘Dwelling in Paradise’). He ranks as a national hero in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Many of his poems have become popular folk songs. He wrote the Baburnama in Chaghatai Turkic; it was translated into Persian during the reign (1556–1605) of his grandson, the Emperor Akbar. Read more on Wikipedia

 

Top 20 Great Personalities of India

20. Ananda (HPI – 73.88)

Bhikku Ananda
Bhikku Ananda statue in Thailand

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Ananda is ranked 20th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 73.88. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia.

Ananda (5th–4th century BCE) was the primary attendant of the Buddha and one of his ten principal disciples. Among the Buddha’s many disciples, Ānanda stood out for having the best memory. Most of the texts of the early Buddhist Sutta-Piṭaka are attributed to his recollection of the Buddha’s teachings during the First Buddhist Council. For that reason, he is known as the Treasurer of the Dhamma, with Dhamma referring to the Buddha’s teaching.

In Early Buddhist Texts, Ānanda was the first cousin of the Buddha. Twenty years in the Buddha’s ministry, Ānanda became the attendant of the Buddha, when the Buddha selected him for this task. Ānanda performed his duties with great devotion and care, and acted as an intermediary between the Buddha and the laypeople, as well as the saṅgha. He accompanied the Buddha for the rest of his life, acting not only as an assistant, but also a secretary and a mouthpiece. Read more on Wikipedia

 

19. Shivaji Maharaj (HPI – 74.13

Shivaji Maharaj is one of the most famous Indian people of all time
Shivaji Maharaj is one of the most famous Indian people of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Chh. Shivaji Maharaj is ranked 19th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 74.13. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia. According to the index, Shivaji is also the second most famous person from Maharashtra and the third most famous Indian king ever.

Shivaji Shahaji Bhonsale (19 February 1630 – 3 April 1680), also referred to as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, was an Indian ruler and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan. Shivaji carved out his own independent kingdom from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur which formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally crowned the Chhatrapati of his realm at Raigad Fort. Read more on Wikipedia

 

18. Kalidasa (HPI – 74.42

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Kalidas is a famous Indian people

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Kalidasa is the 18th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 74.42. His biography is available in 130 different languages on Wikipedia.

Kālidāsa (fl. 4th–5th century CE) was a Classical Sanskrit author who is often considered ancient India’s greatest poet and playwright. His plays and poetry are primarily based on the Vedas, the Rāmāyaṇa, the Mahābhārata and the Purāṇas. His surviving works consist of three plays, two epic poems and two shorter poems. Much about his life is unknown except what can be inferred from his poetry and plays. His works cannot be dated with precision, but they were most likely authored before the 5th century CE. Read more on Wikipedia

 

17. Indira Gandhi (HPI – 74.61

Indira Gandhi is a famous people of India
Indira Gandhi (Photo by Nora Schuster/ Imagno/ Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Indira Gandhi is ranked 17th among the most famous Indian people of all time. Her Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 74.61. Her biography is available in 126 different languages on Wikipedia.

Indira Gandhi (19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician and a central figure of the Indian National Congress. She was elected as third prime minister of India in 1966 and was also the first and, to date, only female prime minister of India. Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.

She served as prime minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, making her the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father.

In 1999, Indira Gandhi was named “Woman of the Millennium” in an online poll organised by the BBC. In 2020, Gandhi was named by Time magazine among the world’s 100 powerful women who defined the last century. In 2012, Gandhi was ranked number 7 in Outlook India’s poll of the Greatest Indian. According to the Historical Popularity Index, Indira Gandhi is the 2nd most famous “female” Indian of all time. Read more on Wikipedia

 

16. Srinivasa Ramanujan (HPI – 74.93)

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Srinivasa Ramanujan is one of the most famous Indian person

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Srinivasa Ramanujan is the ranked 16th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 74.93. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia.

Srinivasa Ramanujan FRS (22 December 1887 – 26 April 1920) was an Indian mathematician who lived during British Rule in India. Though he had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions, including solutions to mathematical problems then considered unsolvable. Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation: according to Hans Eysenck: “He tried to interest the leading professional mathematicians in his work, but failed for the most part. What he had to show them was too novel, too unfamiliar, and additionally presented in unusual ways; they could not be bothered”. His birthday in India is celebrated as National Mathematics Day. Read more on Wikipedia

 

15. Nagarjuna (HPI – 75.31)

Nagarjuna is a famous Indian people of all time
Nagarjuna is one of the most famous Indian people of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Nagarjuna is the 15th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 75.31. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia.

Nāgārjuna (c. 150 – c. 250 CE) was an Indian Mahāyāna Buddhist thinker, scholar-saint and philosopher. He is widely considered one of the most important Buddhist philosophers. Jan Westerhoff considers him to be “one of the greatest thinkers in the history of Asian philosophy.” Nāgārjuna is widely considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Buddhist philosophy and a defender of the Mahāyāna movement.

With the exception of Adi Shankara, no other thinker has equaled him in matters of spirituality, logical acumen and spiritual insight. His Mūlamadhyamakakārikā (Root Verses on Madhyamaka, or MMK) is the most important text on the madhyamaka philosophy of emptiness. The MMK inspired a large number of commentaries in Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, Korean and Japanese and continues to be studied today. Read more on Wikipedia

 

14. Babasaheb Ambedkar (HPI – 75.72)

डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर यांच्याशी संबंधित प्रश्नोउत्तरे
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar is one of the most famous Indian people of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is ranked 14th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 75.72. His biography is available in 132 different languages on Wikipedia. Dr Ambedkar is also the most famous person from Maharashtra and the 4th most famous Indian Buddhist ever. Ambedkar is widely regarded as the most intelligent Indian of all time.

Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), also referred to as Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, is one of the foremost polymaths in history. Ambedkar was a philosopher, economist, jurist, politician, social reformer, journalist, lawyer, author, anthropologist, theologian, social scientist, political scientist, environmentarian, educationist, constitutionalist, polyglot, linguist, orator, historian etc. He was one of the founding fathers of the republic India.

He was the leader of Dalits, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement after renouncing Hinduism. Ambedkar is recognised as the “Father of the Constitution of India“, who headed the committee drafting the Constitution of India from the Constituent Assembly debates, served as Law and Justice minister in the first cabinet of Jawaharlal Nehru.

In 1956, he embraced Buddhism with millions of followers, and revived Buddhism in India. After the emperor Ashoka, Babasaheb has done the most work for the spread of Buddhism in India. Ambedkar was voted “the Greatest Indian” in 2012 by a poll organised by Outlook magzine, History TV18 and CNN IBN, ahead of Vallabhbhai Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru. Nearly 20 million votes were cast. Read more on Wikipedia

 

13. Ramakrishna (HPI – 76.48

Ramakrishna is a famous indian person
Ramakrishna is a famous indian person

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Ramakrishna is the 13th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 76.48. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia.

Ramakrishna Paramahansa (18 February 1836 – 16 August 1886) was an Indian Hindu mystic and religious leader; who after adhering to various religious practices from the Hindu traditions of Bhakti yoga, Tantra, and Advaita Vedanta, as well as from Islam and Christianity, proclaimed that the world’s various religions are “so many paths to reach one and the same goal”, thus validating the essential unity of religions.

Ramakrishna’s followers came to regard him as an avatara, or divine incarnation, as did some of the prominent Hindu scholars of his day. After his demise, his chief disciple Swami Vivekananda popularized his ideas, and founded the Ramakrishna Math, which provides spiritual training for monastics and householder devotees, and the Ramakrishna Mission, to provide charity, social work and education. Read more on Wikipedia

 

12. Jawaharlal Nehru (HPI – 78.07

Jawaharlal Nehru is a famous Indian people 

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Jawaharlal Nehru is the 12th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 78.07. His biography is available in 143 different languages on Wikipedia.

Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was an Indian politician, anti-colonial nationalist, secularist, social democrat, and author who served for 16 years as India’s first prime minister following India’s independence in 1947. He is widely considered one of the most influential heads of state in India’s post-colonial history and among the world’s most consequential 20th century heads of state. Nehru was a principal leader of the Indian nationalist movement in the 1930s and 1940s. He promoted parliamentary democracy, secularism, and science and technology during the 1950s, powerfully influencing India’s arc as a modern nation. In 2012, Nehru was ranked number 4 in Outlook India’s poll of the Greatest Indian. Read more on Wikipedia

 

11. Akbar the Great (HPI – 78.33)

Emperor Akbar is one of the most famous Indian of all time
Akbar is one of the most famous Indian people of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Akbar is ranked 11th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 78.33. His biography is available in 146 different languages on Wikipedia.

According to HPI 2022, Akbar ranks second among the most famous kings of India, as well as the second most famous Muslim figure in Indian history.

Akbar (25 October 1542 – 27 October 1605), popularly known as Akbar the Great, was the third Mughal emperor, who reigned from 1556 to 1605. Akbar succeeded his father, Humayun, under a regent, Bairam Khan, who helped the young emperor expand and consolidate Mughal domains in India. A strong personality and a successful general, Akbar gradually enlarged the Mughal Empire to include much of the Indian subcontinent. His power and influence, however, extended over the entire subcontinent because of Mughal military, political, cultural, and economic dominance. Read more on Wikipedia

 

Top 10 Indian Legends

10. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (HPI – 78.36

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most famous Indian personalities of all time
APJ Abdul Kalam (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is the 10th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 78.36. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia. According to the HPI 2022, Kalam is the most famous Indian scientist, and also the Most Famous Muslim in the list.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) was an Indian aerospace scientist and statesman who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. In 2012, Kalam was ranked number 2 in Outlook India’s poll of the Greatest Indian. Read more on Wikipedia

 

9. Amitabh Bachchan (HPI – 78.77

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Amitabh Bachchan is the most famous Indian actor of all time (Photo by Dinodia Photos/Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Amitabh Bachchan is ranked 9th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 78.77. His biography is available in 109 different languages on Wikipedia.

According to the Historical Popularity Index 2022, Amitabh Bachchan is the most famous Indian actor, as well as the third most famous living personality in India.

Amitabh Bachchan (born 11 October 1942) is an Indian actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer and former politician known for his work in Hindi cinema. He is regarded as one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. During the 1970s–1980s, he was the most dominant actor in the Indian movie scene; the French director François Truffaut called him a “one-man industry.” Read more on Wikipedia

 

8. Rabindranath Tagore (HPI – 79.04

Rabindranath Tagore is one of the most famous personalities
Rabindranath Tagore (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Rabindranath Tagore is the 8th most famous Indian of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 79.04. His biography is available in 158 different languages on Wikipedia. Tagore is the most famous Bengali people all time.

Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was an Indian Bengali polymath who worked as a poet, writer, playwright, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. He reshaped Bengali literature and music as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the “profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful” poetry of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European and the first lyricist to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore’s poetic songs were viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his “elegant prose and magical poetry” remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Read more on Wikipedia

 

7. Narendra Modi (HPI – 79.83

Narendra Modi is one of the most famous Indian people of all time
Narendra Modi is one of the most famous Indian people of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), PM Narendra Modi is ranked 7th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 79.83. His biography is available in 139 different languages on Wikipedia. According to the HPI, Modi is the second most famous living Indian, and the second most famous Gujarati person.

Narendra Damodardas Modi (born 17 September 1950) is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current prime minister of India since 2014. Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is the Member of Parliament from Varanasi. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He is the longest serving prime minister from outside the Indian National Congress. Read more on Wikipedia

 

6. 14th Dalai Lama (HPI – 79.98)

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Dalai Lama is the most famous living person in India (Photo by LOBSANG WANGYAL/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), 14th Dalai Lama is the 6th most famous person in Indian History. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 79.98. His biography is available in 116 different languages on Wikipedia. According to the Historical Popularity Index, the 14th Dalai Lama is the most famous living person in India as well as in China. Among the Most famous people in China, Dalai Lama ranks 9.

The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama. He is the highest spiritual leader and former head of state of Tibet. The Dalai Lama considers himself a spiritual son of India. He was born on 6 July 1935, or in the Tibetan calendar, in the Wood-Pig Year, 5th month, 5th day. He is considered a living Bodhisattva, specifically, an emanation of Avalokiteśvara in Sanskrit and Chenrezig in Tibetan. He is also the leader and a monk of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, formally headed by the Ganden Tripa. The central government of Tibet, the Ganden Phodrang, invested the Dalai Lama with temporal duties until his exile in 1959. Read more on Wikipedia

 

5. Mother Teresa (HPI – 80.90)

mother Teresa is one of the most famous Indian people
Mother Teresa is the most famous Christian in India (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Mother Teresa is ranked 5th among the most famous Indian people of all time. Her Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 80.90. Her biography is available in 137 different languages on Wikipedia.

Mother Teresa (26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997) was an Albanian born Indian Catholic nun who, in 1950, founded the Missionaries of Charity. Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje—at the time, part of the Ottoman Empire. After eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived most of her life. Saint Teresa of Calcutta was canonised on 4 September 2016. The anniversary of her death is her feast day. After Mother Teresa founded her religious congregation, it grew to have over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries as of 2012. In 2012, Mother Teresa was ranked number 5 in Outlook India’s poll of the Greatest Indian. Read more on Wikipedia

 

4. Osho (HPI – 81.09)

Osho is one of the most famous Indian people
Osho is ranked fourth among the most famous Indian people ever

According to the Historical Popularity Index, Osho is ranked 4th among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 81.09. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia.

Rajneesh (11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990), also known as Osho, was an Indian religious leader, mystic, and founder of the Rajneesh movement. He born into a Jain family of Madhya Pradesh. He rejected institutional religions. Rajneesh emphasised the importance of freethought, meditation, mindfulness, love, celebration, courage, creativity, and humour—qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious dogmas and traditions, and socialization. Rajneesh is considered to be one of the most logical and best philosophers of modern times. Read more on Wikipedia

 

3. Ashoka the Great (HPI – 82.44)

Ashoka is the most famous Indian ruler
Ashoka the great is the 3rd most famous Indian of all time

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Ashoka is ranked 3rd among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 82.44. His biography is available in 150 different languages on Wikipedia.

According to HPI 2022, Ashoka ranks first among the most famous Kings of India, as well as the second most famous Buddhist figure in Indian history.

Ashoka (304 – 232 BCE), popularly known as Ashoka the Great, was the third emperor of the Maurya Empire of Indian subcontinent during c. 268 to 232 BCE. His empire covered a large part of the Indian subcontinent, stretching from present-day Afghanistan in the west to present-day Bangladesh in the east, with its capital at Pataliputra. A patron of Buddhism, he is credited with playing an important role in the spread of Buddhism across ancient Asia. He is considered as one of the best rulers in the world. Also many scholars consider him to be the greatest Indian after the Buddha. Read more on Wikipedia

 

2. Mahatma Gandhi (HPI – 88.49)

Mahatma Gandhi is the second most famous Indian ever
Mahatma Gandhi is the second most famous Indian ever

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), Mahatma Gandhi is ranked 2nd among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 88.49. His biography is available in 193 different languages on Wikipedia.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), popularity known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an Indian politician, lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and social reformer. He is widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s most influential people, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule, and to later inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi is generally regarded informally as the Father of the Nation of India. Many people consider Mahatma Gandhi to be the greatest Indian since the Buddha.

According to the Historical Popularity Index 2022, Mahatma Gandhi is the Most Famous Personality in Modern India. He is also the most famous Hindu of all time. Read more on Wikipedia

 

1. The Buddha (HPI – 90.82)

Gautama Buddha is the most famous Indian ever 

According to the Historical Popularity Index (HPI), the Buddha is ranked 1st among the most famous Indian people of all time. His Historical Popularity Index (HPI) is 90.82. His biography is available in 201 different languages on Wikipedia.

The Buddha (623/563 BCE – 543/483 BCE), also known as Gautama Buddha and Siddhartha Gautama, was an Indian philosopher, śramaṇa (wandering ascetic), religious teacher and social reformer who lived in ancient India during the 7th or 6th century BCE. He was the founder of Buddhism and is revered by Buddhists as a fully awakened being who taught a path to Nirvana, that is, freedom from ignorance, craving, rebirth and suffering. The Buddha is considered to be the greatest Indian ever. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential people of all time. Read more on Wikipedia


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  3. Top 20 Most Famous British People
  4. Top 20 Most Famous French People
  5. Top 20 Most Famous German People
  6. Top 20 Most Famous Russian People
  7. Top 25 Most Famous Chinese People
  8. Top 20 Most Famous Pakistani People

About the Historical Popularity Index

As you know, this ranking of the top 30 most famous personalities of India is ordered by Pantheon’s Historical Popularity Index – 2022. Pantheon aggregates information about individuals’ online popularity. HPI is currently made of five components: the “age” of a biography’s character (e.g. The Buddha is more than 2,600 years old), number of Wikipedia language editions in which the biography has a presence (L), the concentration of the pageviews received by a biography across languages (L*), the stability of pageviews over time (CV), and the number of non-English pageviews received by that biography.

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Classifications of the famous Indians

We have seen the ranking of top 30 famous Indians who have got the highest position in Historical Popularity Index 2022, now we will see their classification in different ways.

Era :

Among these 30 famous Indian personalities, maximum 19 persons belong to the 20th century. Among these 19, 1 person Tagore belongs to the first half of the 19th century while 6 people namely Dalai Lama, Shah Rukh, Bachchan, Modi, and Sathya Sai belong to the second half of the 21st century.

5 Indians who lived before Christ (BC) are the Buddha, Ashoka, Chandragupta, Ananda and Chanakya.

There are also four living persons in the list : Dalai Lama, Narendra Modi, Bachchan, and Shah Rukh Khan

 

Religious Background :

Among the 30 most popular Indian personalities in this list, 15 people (50%) belong to Hinduism. Out of 15 Hindus there are 11 upper castes persons namely 8 Brahmins and 3 Kayasthas. After Hindus, the remaining 15 famous Indian personalities include 7 Buddhists, 5 Muslims, 2 Jains and 1 Christian.

15 Hindus :

  • 8 Brahmins : R. Tagore, J. Nehru, Ramkrishna, S. Ramanujan, I. Gandhi, Kalidas, Chanakya, and J. Krishnamurti
  • 3 Kayasthas : A. Bacchan, Vivekananda, and SC Bose
  • Other Hindus (OBCs) : MK Gandhi, ND Modi, Shivaji, and Sathya Sai

7 Buddhists : The Buddha, Ashoka, Dalai Lama, BR Ambedkar, Nagarjuna, Ananda and Bodhidharma

5 Muslims : Kalam, Akbar, Babar, Shah Jahan and SRK

2 Jains : Osho and Chandragupta Maurya

1 Christian : Mother Teresa

 

If we consider Osho (Rajneesh) as a Buddhist, the list would be 8 Buddhists and 1 Jain.

 

Occupations

Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi are the only 2 women in the list. (See this : top 25 most famous Indian women ever)

 

Religious leaders (11) : Gautama Buddha, Osho, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Ramakrishna, Nagarjuna, Ananda, Bodhidharma, Vivekananda, Krishnamurti, and Sathya Sai Baba

 

Political leaders (7) :

  • Father of the Constitution : Dr BR Ambedkar
  • Father of the nation : Mahatma Gandhi
  • The nationalist leader : Subhash Chandra Bose
  • Prime Ministers : Jawaharlal Nehru, Narendra Modi and Indira Gandhi
  • President : Dr APJ Abdul Kalam*

Rulers (6) :

  • Mauryan emperors : Ashoka and Chandragupta
  • Mughal emperors : Akbar, Babar and Shah Jahan
  • Maratha king : Shivaji

 

Scientists (2) : Dr APJ Abdul Kalam* and Srinivasa Ramanujan

Writers (3) : Rabindranath Tagore, Kalidas and Chanakya

Actors (2) : Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan

* APJ Abdul Kalam was a politician and scientist. 


Table of the top 40 Famous Indians Ever

Rank

HPI

Name

Lifespan

Profession

1

90.82

Gautama Buddha

623 or 563 – 543 or 483 BCE

Philosopher and Founder of Buddhism

2

88.49

Mahatma Gandhi

1869 – 1948

Politician

3

82.44

Ashoka the Great

304 – 232 BCE

3rd Emperor of Maurya Empire

4

81.09

Rajneesh (Osho)

1931 – 1990

Philosopher and Religious leader

5

80.90

Mother Teresa

1910 – 1997

Catholic nun

6

79.98

14th Dalai Lama

1935 – present

Buddhist monk and philosopher

7

79.83

Narendra Modi

1950 – present

Politician

8

79.04

Rabindranath Tagore

1861 – 1941

Poet and writer

9

78.77

Amitabh Bachchan 

1942 – present

Actor

10

78.36

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

1931 – 2015

Scientist and Politician

11

78.33

Akbar the Great

1542 – 1605

3rd Emperor of Mughal Empire

12

78.07

Jawaharlal Nehru 

1889 – 1964

Politician

13

76.48

Ramakrishna Paramahansa 

1836 – 1886

Hindu mystic and Religious leader

14

75.72

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar

1891 – 1956

Politician, Jurist and Reformer

15

75.31

Nagarjuna

150 – 250

Buddhist monk and Scholar

16

74.93

Srinivasa Ramanujan

1887 – 1920

Mathematician 

17

74.61

Indira Gandhi

1917 – 1984

Politician

18

74.42

Kalidasa 

4th – 5th century

Poet and writer

19

74.13

Shivaji Maharaj

1630 – 1680

King

20

73.88

Ananda

5th – 4th century BCE

Buddhist Monk and Buddha's disciple

21

73.87

Babur

1483 – 1530

Founder of Mughal Empire

22

72.92

Bodhidharma

5th - 6th century

Philosopher and Buddhist monk

23

72.34

Shah Jahan

1592 – 1666

5th emperor of Mughal Empire

24

72.11

Chandragupta

350 – 295 BCE

Founder of Maurya Empire

25

71.99

Chanakya

375  – 283 BCE

Philosopher

26

71.89

Swami Vivekananda

1863 – 1902

Hindu monk and Philosopher

27

71.72

Shah Rukh Khan

1965 – present

Actor

28

71.66

Subhas Chandra Bose

1897 –1945

Politician

29

71.26

Jiddu Krishnamurti

1895 – 1986

Philosopher and Writer

30

71.17

Sathya Sai Baba

1926 – 2011

Hindu guru

31

70.60

Kabir

1398 – 1518

Poet and saint

32

70.44

Adi Shankara

700 – 750

Hindu guru

33

70.32

Aryabhata

476 – 550

mathematician & astronomers

34

70.25

Aurangzeb

1618 – 1707

6th emperor of Mughal Empire

35

70.19

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

1888 – 1975

Philosopher and statesman

36

69.92

Padmasambhava

8th century

Buddhist monk and philosopher

37

69.78

Amartya Sen

1933 – present

Economist and philosopher

38

69.23

Mahavira

599 – 527 BCE

Jain tirthankara

39

69.19

Maya Devi

6th century BCE

Queen and Buddha's Mother

40

68.91

Laxmibai

1828 –  1858

Queen of Jhansi


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FAQs 

Que. 1 : Who is the most famous person in India?

Answer – The Buddha is the most famous person in India.

 

Que. 2 : Who is the most famous person in India 2022?

Answer – The Dalai Lama or PM Narendra Modi is the most famous person in India in 2022.

 

Que. 3 : Who is India’s most famous person?

Answer – The Buddha is India’s most famous person.

 

Que. 4 : Who is the most famous person in India right now?

Answer – The Dalai Lama is the most famous person in India right now.

 

Que. 5 : Who is the Greatest king of India?

Answer – Ashoka the Great is the greatest king of India.

 

Que.6 : Who is the greatest person in India?

Answer – The Buddha is the greatest person in India.

 

Que. 7 : Who is the most admired people in India?

Answer – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is the most admired people in India.

 

Que. 8 : Which are the 5 Freedom Fighters of India?

Answer – Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Indira Gandhi, are the 5 most famous Freedom Fighters of India.

 

Que. 9 : Who is the most inspirational person in India?

Answer – The Buddha is the most inspirational person in India.

 

Que. 10 : Who are national leaders of India?

Answer – Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru are the national leaders of India.

 

Que. 11 : Who is the most famous Indian female in India?

Answer – Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi are the most famous women in india.

 

Que. 12 : Who is the Greatest Indian of all time?

Answer : Gautama Buddha is the Greatest Indian of all time.


6 thoughts on “Top 30 Most Famous Indian People of All Time

  1. This is a great article to understand the famous people of our land. The list is sorted by the historical popularity index, which is really cool and surprising. In my opinion, Lord Buddha is the greatest Indian ever, and this article also proved that.

    In my opinion, Ashoka the great should have got the second rank.

      1. I am looking for this information since long time. Do you have any information about “Most popular Female persons in India” if yes please provide the Link, it will really help me .

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