550 BC - 549 BC

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Mahā Kāśyapa or Mahākāśyapa (Pali: Mahākassapa) was one of the principal disciples of Gautama Buddha. He is regarded in Buddhism as an enlightened disciple, being foremost in ascetic practice. Mahākāśyapa assumed leadership of the monastic community following the paranirvāṇa (death) of the Buddha, presiding over the First Buddhist Council. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahākāśyapa has received more than 216,598 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Mahākāśyapa is the 522nd most popular religious figure (down from 426th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from India (down from 41st in 2019) and the 4th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

Mahākāśyapa is most famous for being the last of the Buddha's disciples.

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Among religious figures, Mahākāśyapa ranks 522 out of 2,272Before him are Saint Titus, Vincent Ferrer, Peter Waldo, Ruqayyah bint Muhammad, Pope Sergius II, and Luigi Lucheni. After him are Bahira, Sister Lúcia, Pope Vigilius, Muhammad Ahmad, Anas ibn Malik, and Óscar Romero.

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Among people born in 550 BC, Mahākāśyapa ranks 7Before him are Darius the Great, Cambyses II, Zechariah, Hecataeus of Miletus, Aristides, and Ephialtes of Trachis. After him are Haggai, Atossa, Goujian, Kapila, Fuchai, and Labashi-Marduk. Among people deceased in 549 BC, Mahākāśyapa ranks 1

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Among people born in India, Mahākāśyapa ranks 50 out of 1,227Before him are Sariputta (-568), Vallabhbhai Patel (1875), Sita (null), Ghalib (1797), Salman Rushdie (1947), and Augustus De Morgan (1806). After him are Tipu Sultan (1750), Mumtaz Mahal (1593), Narendra Modi (1950), Zubin Mehta (1936), Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), and Premchand (1880).


Among religious figures born in India, Mahākāśyapa ranks 4Before him are Ānanda (-600), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), and Mahavira (-599). After him are Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Maudgalyayana (-568), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Anthony de Mello (1931), Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), and Radha (null).