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Swami Shraddhanand

Topics Covered: Important personalities.

Swami Shraddhanand

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: About Swami Shraddhanand- contributions, Arya Samaj- objectives.

Context: On December 23, 1926, Arya Samaj missionary Swami Shraddhanand was assassinated by a man called Abdul Rashid.

Who was Swami Shraddhanand?

Born on February 22, 1856 at village Talwan in Jalandhar district in Punjab province.

In the early 1880s, he came into contact with Swami Dayanand, the founder of the Arya Samaj.

He wrote a book called “Hindu Sangathan”.

He called untouchability a “curse” and a “blot” on the reputations of the Hindus.

What is Arya Samaj? 

It is a Hindu reform movement that was founded by Dayanand Saraswati in 1875 in Bombay.

The movement believes in the infallible authority of the Vedas.

The central objectives of Arya Samaj is to, “eradicate Ignorance (Agyan), Indigence or Poverty (Abhav) and Injustice (Anayay) from this earth.

Members of the Arya Samaj believe in one God and reject the worship of idols.

Sources: the Hindu.