Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti:
The Prime Minister of India inaugurated the year-long (two-year) celebrations commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. He also released a logo for commemoration.
- Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti is celebrated every year to mark the birth anniversary of the Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.
- He was born on 12th February 1824 in Tankara, Gujarat in a Brahmin family.
- His views were published in his famous work, Satyarth Prakash (The True Exposition).
- He was an Indian philosopher, social leader and founder of the Arya Samaj.
- His vision of India included a classless and casteless society. He took inspiration from the Vedas and considered them to be ‘India’s Rock of Ages’.
- He also gave the slogan “Back to the Vedas”.
- The DAV (Dayanand Anglo Vedic) schools came into existence in 1886 to realize the vision of Swami Dayanand Saraswati.