568 BC - 484 BC

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Maudgalyāyana (Pali: Moggallāna), also known as Mahāmaudgalyāyana or by his birth name Kolita, was one of the Buddha's closest disciples. Described as a contemporary of disciples such as Subhuti, Śāriputra (Pali: Sāriputta), and Mahākāśyapa (Pali: Mahākassapa), he is considered the second of the Buddha's two foremost male disciples, together with Śāriputra. Traditional accounts relate that Maudgalyāyana and Śāriputra become spiritual wanderers in their youth. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maudgalyayana has received more than 301,461 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Maudgalyayana is the 647th most popular religious figure (up from 715th in 2019), the 77th most popular biography from India (up from 100th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Indian Religious Figure.

Maudgalyayana is most famous for his ability to read minds and see the future. He is also known for being one of the Buddha's ten major disciples.

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Over the past year Maudgalyayana has had the most page views in the with 100,103 views, followed by English (42,116), and Vietnamese (32,859). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Malagasy (103.53%), Khmer (71.54%), and (67.96%)


Among religious figures, Maudgalyayana ranks 647 out of 3,187Before him are Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, Clotilde, Pope Anastasius II, Tarcisius, Eleazar, and Pope Theodore I. After him are Angelus Silesius, Billy Graham, Saint Walpurga, Hans Küng, Saint Boniface, and Basilios Bessarion.

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Among people born in 568 BC, Maudgalyayana ranks 2Before him is Sariputta.  Among people deceased in 484 BC, Maudgalyayana ranks 2Before him is Sariputta.

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Among people born in India, Maudgalyayana ranks 77 out of 1,861Before him are Mahākāśyapa (-550), Sri Aurobindo (1872), Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486), Gerald Durrell (1925), Mithun Chakraborty (1950), and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811). After him are Paramahansa Yogananda (1893), Satyendra Nath Bose (1894), Sher Shah Suri (1486), Samudragupta (335), Ramana Maharshi (1879), and Rajendra Prasad (1884).


Among religious figures born in India, Maudgalyayana ranks 8Before him are Ānanda (-600), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Radha (null), Guru Gobind Singh (1666), Mahākāśyapa (-550), and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486). After him are Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835), Mahavatar Babaji (1900), Ravi Shankar (1956), Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), and Dayananda Saraswati (1824).