|Swami Dayananda Saraswati was the founder of Arya Samaj, ‘the Society of Nobles’. He was an important Hindu religious scholar, born in 1824 in a town called Tankara in Gujarat, India. He believed in the authority of the Vedas and was an original scholar. Dayananda advocated the doctrine of karma, scepticism in dogma, and emphasised the ideals of celibacy.
|The Arya Samaj, is a unique component in Hinduism unequivocally condemns idol-worship, animal sacrifices, ancestor worship, pilgrimages, offerings made in temples, the caste system, child marriages and discrimination against women on the grounds that all these lacked Vedic sanction. Dayananda died on October 31st, 1883 at Ajmer during the evening of Diwali.