Contributions of Arya Samaj

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Arya Samaj has played a leading role in all social and educational reforms. Some areas where Arya Samaj has contributed are:

  • Arya Samaj was actively involved in struggle for independence. Around 80% of freedom fighters were influenced by Arya Samaj. Dadabhai Naoroji, Ram Prasad Bismil, Lala Lajpat Rai , Swami Shardhanand to name a few.
  • Reintroducing the ancient Gurukul system of education by establishing  Gurukul Kangri at Haridwar and thereafter several other Gurukuls for Vedic research scholars
  • DAV schools & colleges all over India
  • Orphanages being run all over the country
  • Old Age Homes (Vanprastha Ashram) and homes for destitute
  • Promotion of widow remarriage, stopping of Sati Pratha and Polygamy
  • Promotion of education for all irrespective of gender or caste
  • Movement against Parda (Veil)  system and Dowry
  • Movement against child marriage
  • Eradication of untouchability
  • Movements against superstitions and blind-faiths /beliefs