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Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

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    2nd Mar, 2022

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti is celebrated on 26th February every year to mark the birth anniversary of the Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.

About Dayanand Saraswati

  • Dayanand Saraswati was the founder of Hindu reform organisation called Arya Samaj.
  • He was born on February 12, 1824 in Gujarat. 
  • His original name was Mool Shankar Tiwari. 
    • He was named Mool because he was born when the Mool Nakshatra prevailed. 
  • He wandered as an ascetic for fifteen years (1845-60) in search of truth.
  • He was born to Karshanji Lalji Kapadi, and Yashodabai.
  • He was a social leader, Indian philosopher, and reform movement of the Vedic dharma. 
  • He was the first to give the call for Swaraj “India for Indians” in 1876, which was later taken up by Lokmanya Tilak.
  • He took inspiration from the Vedas and considered them to be ‘India’s Rock of Ages’, the infallible and the true original seed of Hinduism. 
    • He gave the slogan “Back to the Vedas”.

About Arya Samaj

  • Arya Samaj is a monotheistic Indian Hindu reform movement that promotes practices and values based on the belief in infallible authority of the Vedas. 
  • It was founded by Dayanand Saraswati on April 10, 1875. 
  • It was the first Hindu organisation to introduce proselytization in Hinduism. 
  • It has worked towards the growth of the civil rights movement across India since the 1800s.

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