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Ārya Samāj

Ārya Samāj. A Hindu reform movement founded by a brahman, Dayānanda Sarasvatī, in 1875. The followers of Dayānanda are against idol-worship and meaningless rituals in modern Hinduism, and aim to return to the Vedas in their beliefs and ritual. Dayānanda's interpretation of the Vedas is to be found in his book Vedabhāshya. Followers of Ārya Samāj do not tolerate caste divisions in Hindu society, and they introduced the novel idea of converting people of other faiths to Hinduism. The followers of Ārya Samāj do invaluable work to remove social and religious injustices. It is now a worldwide organization.

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Arya Samaj

Arya Samaj: see Saraswati, Dayananda.

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