The Arya Samaj Movement was founded by Swami Dayanand Saraswati - a renowned Hindu reformist in the late 19th century in India
. A firm believer in education as the key factor in uplifting society, he organised schools to provide education for all regardless of religion, caste or gender and based his teachings strictly on the Vedas.
In 1927, the movement was formed here in Singapore by Dr Bhagat Ram Sahgal; and members gathered for Vedic Satsang (prayers) and listened to religious and moral discourses by prominent preachers and leaders from India and neighbouring countries.
Dr Bhagat Ram Sehgal
Arya Samaj Singapore
A tradition kept alive and growing till today
In the 1930s to 50s, the Samaj expanded its activities
to conducting weddings, religious ceremonies and other cultural and educational activities – a tradition kept
alive and growing till today. Soon after, it grew its educational arm – the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic School (D.A.V. Hindi School) and started Hindi, English and Maths classes.
D.A.V Hindi School
Today the D.A.V. Hindi School has evolved and serves some 4000 students providing Hindi language (as a mother tongue language) teaching through its network of schools (In-School Parallel Programme) and Hindi Centres. It also provides free tuition for less privileged pupils; and awards bursaries to students .
Serving the community
The Arya Samaj Singapore continues to grow and actively serve the Indian community in the areas of education, religion and culture and strives to be an active partner in the community at large.