Dayanand Saraswati | Founder of Arya Samaj

Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (1824 – 1883) was a prominent Hindu religious scholar, reformer, and founder of Hindu reform movement, Arya Samaj. He was the first to give the call for Swarajya – "India for Indians" – in 1876, later taken up by Lokmanya Tilak. He worked towards reviving Vedic ideologies and denounced the idolatry and ritualistic worship prevalent in Hinduism at that time. 
More About Dayanand Saraswati 
1. Satyarth Prakash is one of the most influential work of Dayanand Saraswati, which contributed to the Indian independence movement.
2. Renowned freedom fighters like  Madam Cama, Madan Lal Dhingra, Bhagat Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai etc were the disciples of Dayanand Saraswati.
3. The Theosophical Society and the Arya Samaj were united from 1878 to 1882, becoming the Theosophical Society of the Arya Samaj.
4. In 1883, Dayanand Saraswati was poisoned to death by a cook in palace of Maharaja of Jodhpur due to the compulsion from a dance girl.
5. He is considered as one of the makers of modern India.

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