Famous Indian Saints

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Mother Teresa
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Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skopje, North Macedonia
Died: September 5, 1997

An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. She was both an admired and controversial figure and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. While she was admired by many for her charitable work, she also earned criticism for her stance against abortion and contraception.

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Tukaram
(Saint, Poet)

Tukaram
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Birthdate: 1608 AD
Birthplace: Dehu, Near Pune, India
Died: 1650 AD

Marathi poet Sant Tukaram was one of the pillars of the Bhakti movement of Maharashtra. It is believed he began writing abhangas, or religious poetry, after being visited by Vitthal, an avatar of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, in a dream. He is revered by the Varkari sampradaya.

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Agastya
(Saint)

Agastya
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Not known

Rishi Agastya, one of the Saptarishi, appears in the Puranas and is said to have authored texts such as the Agastya Gita. Legend has it that the Vindhya range lies flat as Agastya had asked it to lie flat till he got back from the South, and then never returned.

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Basava
(Hindu religious leader)

Basava
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Birthdate: 1105 AD
Birthplace: Basavan Bagewadi, India
Died: 1167 AD

Basava was an Indian poet, philosopher, social reformer, statesman, and saint who lived in the 12th century AD. He is credited with spreading social awareness through his poems. Although hagiographic texts and traditional legends claim that Basava founded Lingayatism, modern scholars believe that he refined and popularized the already existing religious tradition, which is popular in Karnataka, South India.

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Sarada Devi
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Birthdate: December 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Joyrambati, Bengal, British India
Died: July 20, 1920

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Nizamuddin Auliya
(Sufi Saint)

Nizamuddin Auliya
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Birthdate: October 9, 1238
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budaun, India
Died: April 3, 1325

Nizamuddin Auliya was an Indian Sunni Muslim scholar and Sufi saint of the Chishti Order. He stressed love as a means of realizing God and believed that love of God implies love of humanity. He is considered one of the most famous Sufis from the Indian Subcontinent. His teachings were marked by an evolved sense of religious pluralism and kindness. 

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Sadhu Sundar Singh
(Missionary)

Sadhu Sundar Singh
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Birthdate: September 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: 1929 AD
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Eknath
(Saint)

Eknath
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Birthdate: 1533 AD
Birthplace: Paithan, India
Died: 1599 AD

Sant Eknath was an Indian Hindu saint, philosopher, and poet who lived in the 16th-century. A devotee of the Hindu deity Krishna, he is considered a major figure of the Warkari tradition. Hindu scholars often view him as a spiritual successor to the prominent Marathi saints Dnyaneshwar and Namdev. He wrote a variation of the Hindu religious text Bhagavata Purana.  

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Ramananda
(Poet)

Ramananda
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Birthdate: 1380 AD
Birthplace: Prayagraj, India
Died: 1475 AD

Ramananda was a 14th-century Vaishnava devotional poet-saint who lived in India. He is considered the founder of the Bairagi Sampradaya, popularly known as the Ramanandi Sect. He was a pioneering figure of the Bhakti movement and an early social reformer. Unlike many other saints of his era, he accepted disciples without any caste or gender discrimination. 

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Arishtanemi
(Jain Saint)

Arishtanemi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sauripura (Dvaraka), Dwarika

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Ravidas
(Poet)

Ravidas
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Birthdate: 1377 AD
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: 1520 AD

Ravidas was an Indian mystic, social reformer, poet-saint, and spiritual figure. An influential personality, Ravidas taught his followers to disregard social divisions of gender and caste that were prevalent in India at that time. The Ravidassia sect, a religious sect of Vaishnavism, is based on Ravidas' teachings. Ravidas is revered even today as a saint by his followers.

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Jnanadeva
(Poet)

Jnanadeva
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Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Alandi, India
Died: 1296 AD

Jnanadeva was an Indian poet, philosopher, saint, and yogi who lived in the 13th century AD. He is credited with authoring Dnyaneshwari, the oldest surviving work in the Marathi language. He is also credited with co-founding the Varkari Bhakti movement tradition of Hinduism. Over the years, Jnanadeva's legacy has inspired several saint-poets, including Tukaram and Eknath.  

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Matsyendra
(Religious leader)

Matsyendra
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kamarupa, India

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Nammalvar
(Saint)

Nammalvar
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Birthdate: 3059 AD
Birthplace: Alwarthirunagari, India

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Namdev
(Poet)

Namdev
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Birthdate: October 26, 1270
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Narasi, India
Died: July 3, 1350

Namdev was an Indian saint and poet best remembered for his devotion to Lord Vitthal of Pandharpur. He is credited with popularizing the Vithoba faith, which first emerged in the 12th century. Along with Ravidas, Kabir, Hardas, and Dadu, Namdev is revered as a guru (teacher) in the Dadupanth tradition of Hinduism.

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Gorakhnath
(Hindu yogi)

Gorakhnath
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jais

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Parshvanatha
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Birthdate: 0872 AD
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: 0772 AD

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Azan Faqir
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Birthdate: April 7, 1610
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

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Lalleshwari
(Hindu Saint)

Lalleshwari
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Birthdate: 1320 AD
Birthplace: Kashmir, India
Died: 1392 AD

Lalleshwari was a 14th-century Kashmiri mystic. She belonged to the Kashmir Shaivism school of philosophy and originated the style of mystic poetry called vatsun or vakhs. Her works have a significant place in the history of Kashmiri literature. She was known by several aliases, including Lal Ded, Lal Dyad, Lal Diddi, and Lalla Yogishwari/Yogeshwari. 

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Moggaliputta-Tissa
(Buddhist monk)

Moggaliputta-Tissa
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Birthdate: 0327 AD
Birthplace: Pataliputra, India
Died: 0247 AD

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Thiruppaan Alvar
(poet-saint)

Thiruppaan Alvar
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Birthdate: 2760 AD
Birthplace: Woraiyur, Tiruchirappalli

Thiruppaan Alvar, one of the greatest azhwar saints and Vaishnava musicians of Southern India, was born into the Paanar community of musicians, who were social outcasts to some extent. Also known as Paanar Perumal, he composed the iconic Amalan Adhipiraan, dedicated to Lord Srirangam Ranganathaswamy.

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Dadu Dayal
(Hindu saint)

Dadu Dayal
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Birthdate: 1544 AD
Birthplace: Ahmadabad, India
Died: 1603 AD

Legend has it that Dadu Dayal was found floating in the Sabarmati river by a rich businessman named Lodhi Ram. Dadu initially worked as a cotton carder but later became a religious preacher who rejected Vedic superiority and caste barriers. He founded Dadu Panth and wrote countless devotional hymns.

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Freda Bedi
(British woman who was jailed in India as a supporter of Indian nationalism)

Freda Bedi
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Birthdate: February 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Derby, England
Died: March 26, 1977

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Ramprasad Sen
(Poet-saint)

Ramprasad Sen
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Birthdate: 1718 AD
Birthplace: Halisahar, near Calcutta, Bengal, India
Died: 1775 AD

Eighteenth-century Bengali poet Ramprasad Sen was one of the finest Hindu Shakta poets, whose works mirrored his devotion to goddess Shakti. Starting his career as an accountant of an affluent Kolkata employer, he later became court poet of Raja Krishnachandra and wrote Bidyasundar, which mixed Tantric elements and eroticism.

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Vedanayakam Samuel Azariah
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Birthdate: August 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vellalanvillai, India
Died: January 1, 1945

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Paramārtha
(Buddhist missionary and translator)

Paramārtha
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Birthdate: 0499 AD
Birthplace: Ujjain
Died: 0569 AD

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Bhadrabahu
(Religious leader)

Bhadrabahu
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Birthdate: 0367 AD
Birthplace: Pundravardhana, India
Died: 0298 AD

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Bhāviveka
(Philosopher)

Bhāviveka
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Birthdate: 0500 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 0578 AD

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Vajrabodhi
(Missionary)

Vajrabodhi
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Birthdate: 0671 AD
Birthplace: India
Died: 0741 AD

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Gonsalo Garcia
(Lay brother of the Franciscans from Portuguese Bombay and Bassein in early modern India)

Gonsalo Garcia
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Birthdate: 1556 AD
Birthplace: Bassein, India
Died: February 5, 1597

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Haribhadra
(Indian author)

Haribhadra
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Birthdate: 0459 AD
Birthplace: Cittaur, India
Died: 0529 AD

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Abhishiktananda
(French monk who, having moved to India in 1948)

Abhishiktananda
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Birthdate: August 30, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Briac, Brittany, France
Died: December 7, 1973

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Nuruddin ar-Raniri
(Islamic mystic and scholar from Rander in Surat province)

Nuruddin ar-Raniri
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Gujarat, India
Died: 1658 AD

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Ātmārāmjī
(Jain reformer and monk)

Ātmārāmjī
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Birthdate: 1836 AD
Birthplace: Punjab
Died: November 30, 1895