Prarthana Samaj | Atmaram Pandurang

Prarthana Samaj or "Prayer Society" was a movement for religious and social reform in Maharashtra, established in 1867. It was an off-shoot of Brahmo Samaj. Sir Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, Dr. Atmaram Pandurang, Narayan Chandavarkar and Justice Mahadev Govinda Ranade were the people behind it. It critically examined the relations between contemporary social and cultural systems and religious beliefs and gave priority to social reforms. Their comprehensive reform movement has led many impressive projects of cultural change and social reform in Western India, such as the improvement of the lot of women and depressed classes, an end to the caste system, abolition of child marriages and infanticide, educational opportunites for women, and remarriage of widows.

Mahadev Govind Ranade (1842 - 1901)
He was a founding member of the Indian National Congress. During his life he helped establish the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha and the Prarthana Samaj. He served as a judge of Bombay High Court as well.

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