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Swami Dayanand Saraswati

SWAMI DAYANAND SARASWATI SHOWED COURAGE IN DENOUNCING THE SOCIAL EVILS.

India is a country which respects spiritualism much more than materialism. People are generally very open & accept social changes with a positive attitude. Swami Dayanand Saraswati is remembered with great reverence & affection among the social reformers of the 19th century. Swamiji was born in Morvi in Gujarat. His name was Mool Shankar. He ran away from home when his father forced him for marriage. He reached Mathura & studied Veda. He raised his voice against idol-worship. That was a time when religious hypocrisy was rife, social evil like child-marriage was an accepted practice & widows were not treated well. it was him who showed courage in decrying these old evil practices. he spoke openly against social evils & kept his views in favour of widow remarriage. His works Satyartha Prakash, Rigved Bhumika are very well known. For him foreign rule was never tolerable. He was a patriot & a social reformer. Many of Swamiji’s principles were accepted & adopted by Gandhi. He was an incarnation of kindness & forgiveness for he forgave a man who gave him poison.

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