Ananda was one of the first disciples and was a devoted follower of the Buddha. Amongst the Buddha's many followers he had the most retentive memory and most of the early writings are down to his recollection of the Buddha's teachings during the First Buddhist Council. He is for that reason known as the Guardian of the Dharma.
He was the Buddha’s first cousin and was hugely devoted to him. In the 20th year after the Buddha’s enlightenment he became the Buddha's personal companion, accompanying him on his journeys and taking an active part in the discussions that were to become the message and teachings of the Buddha.
the Buddhist disciple should avoid dangerous areas, unstable kingdoms, countries ruled by evil kings, precipitous terrains, remote wilderness, regions inhabited by bandits, thieves, or lions, tigers, wolves, poisonous snakes, or areas subject to hurricane, flood or fire, the disciple should avoid all these areas when practicing the austerities