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Maya (; Devanagari: माया, IAST: māyā), also known as Mahāmāyā and Māyādevī, was the queen of Shakya and the birth mother of Gautama Buddha, the sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. She was the wife of Śuddhodana, the king of the Shakya kingdom. She was sister of Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī, the first Buddhist nun ordained by the Buddha.In Buddhist tradition, Maya died soon after the birth of Buddha, generally said to be seven days afterwards, and came to life again in a Buddhist heaven, a pattern that is said to be followed in the births of all Buddhas. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maya has received more than 718,409 page views. Her biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Maya is the 373rd most popular religious figure (up from 397th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Nepal (down from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular Nepalese Religious Figure.

Maya is most famous for being the Hindu goddess of illusion.

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  • 69.19

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  • 40

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 8.44

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.62

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among religious figures, Maya ranks 373 out of 2,238Before her are Pope Vitalian, Saint Apollonia, Pope Zosimus, Mahavira, Saint Nino, and Meritaten. After her are Pope Hormisdas, Pope Victor III, Pope Simplicius, Pope Anastasius I, Faustina Kowalska, and Al-Mansur.

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Among people born in 600 BC, Maya ranks 13Before her are Servius Tullius, Ānanda, Belshazzar, Cambyses I, Pheidippides, and Hippasus. After her are Alexander I of Macedon, Yaśodharā, Polycrates, Mardonius, Chilon of Sparta, and Bias of Priene. Among people deceased in 600 BC, Maya ranks 8Before her are Daniel, Tomyris, Draco, Belshazzar, Habakkuk, and Astyages. After her are Epimenides, Theano, Anacharsis, Phalaris, Ibycus, and Cleisthenes of Sicyon.

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Among people born in Nepal, Maya ranks 4 out of 55Before her are Gautama Buddha (-566), Tenzing Norgay (1914), and Sita (null). After her are Rāhula (-534), Yaśodharā (-600), Śuddhodana (-590), Mahapajapati Gotami (-600), Janaka (null), Chandra Bahadur Dangi (1939), Gyanendra of Nepal (1947), and Prithvi Narayan Shah (1723).


Among religious figures born in Nepal, Maya ranks 1After her are Rāhula (-534), Mahapajapati Gotami (-600), Janaka (null), Anuruddha (-450), and Khagendra Thapa Magar (1992).