1635 - 1723

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Öndör Gegeen Zanabazar (born Eshidorji) was the sixteenth Jebtsundamba Khutuktu and the first Bogd Gegeen or supreme spiritual authority, of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia.The son of a Mongol Tüsheet Khan, Zanabazar was declared spiritual leader of Khalkha Mongols by a convocation of nobles in 1639 when he was just four years old. The 5th Dalai Lama (1617–1682) later recognized him as the reincarnation of the Buddhist scholar Taranatha and bestowed on him the Sanskrit name Jñānavajra (Sanskrit: ज्ञानवज्र, Zanabazar in Mongolian) meaning "thunderbolt scepter of wisdom". Over the course of nearly 60 years, Zanabazar advanced the Gelugpa school of Buddhism among the Mongols, supplanting or synthesizing Sakya or "Red Hat" Buddhist traditions that had prevailed in the area, while strongly influencing social and political developments in 17th century Mongolia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zanabazar has received more than 111,117 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Zanabazar is the 1,275th most popular religious figure (down from 1,245th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Mongolia (down from 24th in 2019) and the most popular Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Zanabazar ranks 1,275 out of 2,238Before him are William M. Branham, Vitalis of Milan, Augustin Bea, Peter Nolasco, Guru Angad, and Clemens August of Bavaria. After him are Raymond Franz, Emil Krebs, André Vingt-Trois, Muhammad ibn al-Uthaymeen, Alfred Loisy, and Moses Isserles.

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Among people born in 1635, Zanabazar ranks 13Before him are Landgravine Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Philipp Spener, Princess Margaret Yolande of Savoy, Eugene Maurice, Count of Soissons, Alexander Farnese, Prince of Parma, and Philippe Quinault. After him are Isabella d'Este, Duchess of Parma, Frans van Mieris the Elder, Patrick Gordon, and Francis Willughby. Among people deceased in 1723, Zanabazar ranks 10Before him are Dimitrie Cantemir, Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Godfrey Kneller, Praskovia Saltykova, and Anne Christine of Sulzbach, Princess of Piedmont. After him are Antonio Maria Valsalva, Anne Henriette of Bavaria, Guillaume Dubois, Mariana Alcoforado, Jan Santini Aichel, and Joseph Clemens of Bavaria.

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Among people born in Mongolia, Zanabazar ranks 25 out of 63Before him are Muqali (1170), Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal (1916), 4th Dalai Lama (1589), Dayan Khan (1464), Mandukhai (1449), and Ambaghai (null). After him are Yesün Temür (1293), Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat (1942), Arpa Ke'un (1300), Jügderdemidiin Gürragchaa (1947), Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh (1968), and Laoshang (null).


Among religious figures born in Mongolia, Zanabazar ranks 1