285 BC - 205 BC

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Arahat Mahinda (Sinhala: මිහිඳු මහරහතන් වහන්සේ) was a Buddhist monk depicted in Buddhist sources as bringing Buddhism to Sri Lanka. He was the first-born son of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka from his wife Devi and the elder brother of Sanghamitra. Mahinda was sent as a Buddhist missionary to the Anuradhapura Kingdom in Sri Lanka. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahinda has received more than 17,776 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Mahinda is the 1,428th most popular religious figure (up from 1,470th in 2019), the 270th most popular biography from India (up from 280th in 2019) and the 29th most popular Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Mahinda ranks 1,428 out of 2,238Before him are Jānis Pujats, José Saraiva Martins, Honoratus, Leodegar, Jacques Hamel, and Bezalel. After him are Balthasar Hubmaier, Julie Billiart, Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan, Soga no Umako, Eutychius of Constantinople, and Jianzhen.

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Among people born in 285 BC, Mahinda ranks 3Before him are Diodotus I and Demetrius the Fair.  Among people deceased in 205 BC, Mahinda ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy IV Philopator.

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Among people born in India, Mahinda ranks 270 out of 1,493Before him are Liaquat Ali Khan (1895), Jaya Bachchan (1948), Mastani (1699), Sarada Devi (1853), Savitri (1936), and Jahandar Shah (1661). After him are Mir Taqi Mir (1723), Wilfred Bion (1897), Khudiram Bose (1889), Ratan Tata (1937), Dashrath Manjhi (1934), and P. V. Narasimha Rao (1921).


Among religious figures born in India, Mahinda ranks 29Before him are Meher Baba (1894), Guru Angad (1504), Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi (1856), Parshvanatha (-872), Zakir Naik (1965), and Guru Amar Das (1479). After him are Dashrath Manjhi (1934), Matsyendranatha (901), Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855), Abbé Faria (1756), Joseph Vaz (1651), and Swaminarayan (1781).