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 and began to accept 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 allegedly omnipotent and omniscient. Multiple studies have concluded that his acts were based on sleight of hand or had other explanations that were not supernatural, although his devotees believe them to be signs of his divinity.The Sathya Sai Organisation, founded by Sathya Sai Baba "to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement", has over 1,200 Sathya Sai Centres (branches) in 126 countries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sathya Sai Baba has received more than 3,141,607 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Sathya Sai Baba is the 243rd most popular religious figure (down from 206th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from India (down from 18th 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 243 out of 2,272Before him are Philip Neri, Pope John XII, Pope Eugene III, Abdul Qadir Gilani, Pope Urban IV, and Pope Clement IV. After him are Pope Julius I, Pope Innocent I, Vitus, Pope Martin IV, Pope Innocent II, and Pope Celestine I.

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Among people born in 1926, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 10Before him are Michel Foucault, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ingvar Kamprad, Jiang Zemin, Leslie Nielsen, and Chuck Berry. After him are Dario Fo, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Miles Davis, René Goscinny, Klaus Kinski, and Hugh Hefner. Among people deceased in 2011, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 10Before him are Elizabeth Taylor, Václav Havel, Osama bin Laden, Peter Falk, Otto von Habsburg, and Cesária Évora. After him are Wangari Maathai, Joe Frazier, Sócrates, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Ramiz Alia, and Dennis Ritchie.

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Among people born in India, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 19 out of 1,227Before him are Kālidāsa (400), Indira Gandhi (1917), Ānanda (-600), Shivaji (1627), Nagarjuna (150), and Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895). After him are Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Adi Shankara (788), Bodhidharma (483), Kabir (1440), Aurangzeb (1618), and Brahmagupta (598).


Among religious figures born in India, Sathya Sai Baba ranks 2Before him are Ānanda (-600). After him are Mahavira (-599), Mahākāśyapa (-550), 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).