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Sathya Sai Baba

1926 - 2011

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Sathya Sai Baba (born Ratnakaram Sathyanarayana Raju; 23 November 1926 – 24 April 2011) was an Indian guru. At the age of fourteen, he claimed that he was the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, and left his home to accept his devotees.Sai Baba's believers credited him with miracles such as materialisations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces and watches, along with reports of miraculous healings, resurrections, clairvoyance, bilocation and was purportedly omnipotent and omniscient. His devotees believe them to be signs of his divinity, while some individuals have concluded that his acts were based on sleight of hand or had other explanations that were not supernatural.In 1972, Sathya Sai Baba founded the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sathya Sai Baba has received more than 4,783,753 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Sathya Sai Baba is the 264th most popular religious figure (down from 242nd in 2019), the 27th most popular biography from India (down from 19th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Indian Religious Figure.

Sathya Sai Baba is most famous for his ability to perform miracles. He has also been known to heal people and predict future events.

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Among religious figures, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 264 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Paschal I, Philip Melanchthon, Pope Benedict IX, Pope John XIX, Pope Gregory IV, and Pope Urban IV. After him are Pope Sixtus I, Saint Pantaleon, Pope Celestine I, Pope Gelasius II, Habakkuk, and Gregory of Nyssa.

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Among people born in 1926, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 11Before him are Ingvar Kamprad, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Jiang Zemin, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Leslie Nielsen, and Miles Davis. After him are Dario Fo, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Klaus Kinski, Andrzej Wajda, Thích Nhất Hạnh, and Chuck Berry. Among people deceased in 2011, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 10Before him are Osama bin Laden, Václav Havel, Elizabeth Taylor, Otto von Habsburg, Cesária Évora, and Burhanuddin Rabbani. After him are Peter Falk, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Wangari Maathai, Sócrates, Joe Frazier, and Annie Girardot.

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Among people born in India, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 27 out of 1,493Before him are Bodhidharma (483), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Shah Rukh Khan (1965), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895). After him are Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), Valmiki (-80), Aryabhata (476), Aurangzeb (1618), and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888).


Among religious figures born in India, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 2Before him are Ānanda (-600). After him are 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).