Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Swami Dayanand Saraswati – the founder of Arya Samaj. According to the Hindu calendar, it falls on the tenth day of Krishna Pasha, in the month of Falgun, and will be celebrated on 28th February in 2019. Swami Dayanand was one of the first men to oppose social evils like animal sacrifice, caste system, child marriage and discrimination against women. The discerning Dayanand also condemned idol worship and pilgrimages. He wrote more than 60 works in his lifetime, with Satyarth Prakash, meaning The Light of Truth, being the most popular. The book also became an integral part of India’s struggle for independence.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti History and Significance
Born as Mool Shankar Tiwari to a Hindu family, Swami Dayanand was a renowned scholar of the Vedic knowledge. He firmly believed that Hinduism had diverged from its founding principles and dedicated his life to reviving Vedic ideologies. Dayanand spent 25 years as a wandering ascetic to get a deeper perspective about life and its meaning.
He founded the Arya Samaj in 1875 with one vision in mind, universal brotherhood, and believed that “all actions should be performed with the prime objective of benefiting mankind.” He wrote 10 principles of the Arya Samaj that are now being followed by millions around the globe.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Celebrations across India
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti is celebrated to remember and revere a great Hindu monk, a renowned scholar and a nobleman whose contributions to humanity are followed till date. On this day, his devotees recall Dayanand’s good deeds and spread his message of peace and brotherhood.
Best Places to Observe the Celebrations of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti
While Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti is celebrated all over the world, one of the best places to observe this day and pay last respects to the monk is Rishikesh.