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Agga Maha Pandita
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The title is usually awarded to holy monks who are highly proficient in teaching the Dhamma or those who are believed to be enlightened (Arahants). The Buddha had disciples who held title of Agga Savaka and Maha savaka who were already enlightened Ariyas and regarded as leaders of the communities of monks known as The Sangha oe Samgha.
The title of Agga Maha Pandita is awarded every year in January by the Head of Government of Myanmar (Burma) after rigorous and subtle examination of a Monk's Wisdom and achievement by the Committee of Sangha Nayakas.
The prefix 'Agga' is derived from the ancient Pali word 'Aggasavaka' (agga thawaka in Burmese). This title 'Aggasavaka' was given by the Buddha to the two top disciples, Sariputta and Mahamoggallana. 'Maha' is also derived from the Pali and it usually means 'Great'. The third word 'Pandita' means 'wise or learned person' and denotes possession of [[Wisdom and knowledge of [Tipitaka]]. Therefore, Agga Maha Pandita can be translated as "Foremost Great and Wise One".
List of conferees
- Ledi Sayadaw (1911, Title offered by the Government of India),
- Ashin Janakabhivamsa (1948)
- Mahasi Sayadaw (1952)
- Sayadaw U Thittila (1956)
- Anisakhan Sayadaw U Pandita
- U Vimala (1962)
- [[Mingun U Vicittasarabhivamsa (1979)
- Myaungmya Sayadaw U Nyanika (1991)
- Birmingham Sayadaw U Rewatadhamma
- Sitagu Sayadaw Ashin Nyanissara
- Sayadaw U Silananda (1993)
- Madihe Pannaseeha Thero (1996)
- Sayadaw U Pannavamsa (1998)
- Yaykyi Mingala Kyaungtaik Sayadaw, Bhaddanta Indobhasa