The nation is remembering Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati’s 200th birth anniversary on Sunday. Regarding this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the year-long celebrations commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in the national capital today.
On this auspicious occasion, the Prime Minister first performed puja and yagna in the presence of Union Ministers G Kishan Reddy, Arjun Ram Meghwal, and Meenakshi.
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati, was born on 12th February 1824. He was a social worker and always wanted reform in society. As a result, in 1875, he established the Arya Samaj to combat the prevalent social discriminations in society at the time.
Arya Samaj had played a vital role in bringing about social awakening among the people through its reforms and worked energetically to improve the conditions of women. Other notable work of the Arya Samaj included establishing shelter for widows, setting up educational institutions, and so on.
The government is adamant about celebrating the birth anniversaries of social reformers and other important personalities, whose contributions were immense but whose works were not highlighted on a pan-India scale.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the initiative to show due respect for such social reformers. Earlier, PM Modi had declared the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Muda as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas, and he also participated in a programme commemorating Sri Aurobindo’s 150th birth anniversary.