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Ānanda (Pali and Sanskrit: आनन्द; 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 (Pali: सुत्त पिटक; Sanskrit: सूत्र-पिटक, Sūtra-Piṭaka) are attributed to his recollection of the Buddha's teachings during the First Buddhist Council. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ānanda has received more than 315,612 page views. His biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Ānanda is the 177th most popular religious figure (down from 158th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from India (down from 15th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Religious Figure.

Ananda is most famous for being the Buddha's attendant. He was present at the Buddha's death and was one of the first to understand the Buddha's teachings.

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Among religious figures, Ānanda ranks 177 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Gregory VIII, Pope Boniface IX, Bridget of Sweden, Pope Clement XIII, Elizabeth of Hungary, and Pope Callixtus III. After him are Pope Clement IX, Mani, Pope Urban III, Pope Leo III, Pope Marcellus II, and Pope Honorius III.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Ānanda ranks 8Before him are Tomyris, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, Esther, Lucretia, Peisistratos, and Servius Tullius. After him are Belshazzar, Cambyses I, Pheidippides, Hippasus, Maya, and Alexander I of Macedon. Among people deceased in 500 BC, Ānanda ranks 4Before him are Esther, Myron, and Leucippus. After him are Polykleitos, Artemisia I of Caria, Hippasus, Rāhula, Diogenes of Apollonia, Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, Gaius Marcius Coriolanus, and Obadiah.

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Among people born in India, Ānanda ranks 20 out of 1,493Before him are Nagarjuna (150), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Indira Gandhi (1917), Kālidāsa (400), and Shivaji (1627). After him are Bodhidharma (483), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Shah Rukh Khan (1965), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895).


Among religious figures born in India, Ānanda ranks 1After him are Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Mahavira (-599), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Mahākāśyapa (-550), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Maudgalyayana (-568), Radha (null), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918), and Dayananda Saraswati (1824).