Arya Samaj in Singapore

Arya Samaj (Hindi: आर्य समाज सिंगापुर) has existed in Singapore since 1927 and runs Hindi classes at its premises through the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic Schools System.[1][2][3]

Arya Samaj, Singapore
Arya Samaj
Arya performing Agnihotra
Motto"कृण्वन्तो विश्वमार्यम्"
Civilise the world !
Formation1927
Bombay, India
FounderDayananda Saraswati
TypeReligious organization
Legal statusFoundation
PurposeEducational, religious studies, spirituality, social reforms
HeadquartersSyed Alvi Road, Singapore
Coordinates28°22′N 77°08′E / 28.36°N 77.13°ECoordinates: 28°22′N 77°08′E / 28.36°N 77.13°E
Area served
Singapore
Main organ
आर्य प्रतिनिधि सभा – sārvadēśika ārya pratinidhi sabhā
Affiliationsआर्य प्रतिनिधि सभा – sārvadēśika ārya pratinidhi sabhā
Websitewww.aryasamajsingapore.org

History

In 1927, Arya Samaj was established in Singapore in a shophouse in Rowell Road.[1][2][3]

From 1942 to 1945, during the Second World War the activities of the Arya Samaj were interrupted by the Japanese occupation of Singapore.[2][3]

In 1963, the Arya Samaj movement's present building at Syed Alwi Road was opened by Mollamal Sachdev, whose family gave generously to the building fund.[2][3]

In 2014, on 1 and 2 November, Arya Samaj Singapore celebrated International Arya Conference (Hindi: अंतर्राष्ट्रीय आर्य महा सम्मलेन) to mark 101 years of the Arya Samaj movement.[4]

In 2015, the inaugural International Yoga Day (Hindi: अंतर्राष्ट्रीय योग दिवस) was celebrated by the Arya Samaj.[5]

Arya Bhawan Singapore

The Arya Bhawan Singapore (Hindi: आर्य भवन सिंगापुर) building at Syed Alwi Road is used as a community hall for weddings and other traditional Hindu festivals such as Deepavali and Holi.[2][3]

DAV Hindi School, Singapore

DAV Hindi School, Singapore (Hindi: दयानन्द अंग्लोवेदिक हिंदी विधालय, सिंगापुर) is run by the Arya Samaj to teach Hindi language at its premises through the D.A.V. Hindi School.[1][2][3] Although English is the language of instruction in Singapore schools, mother tongue is a compulsory subject at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level ('O' Level) and Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level ('A' Level) and DAV Hindi School, Singapore cover the syllabus for those.

Singapore Arya Vedic Library

The Singapore Arya Vedic Library (Hindi: सिंगापुर आर्य वैदिक पुस्तकालय) is located at Arya Samaj Bhawan at Syed Alwi Road. It houses Vedic and Arya Samaj books.[1][2][3]

Membership

In 1975, the membership of the Arya Samaj in Singapore stood at approximately 350.[1][3]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Arya Samaj Singapore Website
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Arya Samaj". The Singapore Encyclopædia. Archived from the original on 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Vidyalankar, Nardev; Manohar Somera (1975). Arya Samaj and Indians abroad. New Delhi, India: Sarvadeshik Arya Pratinidhi Sabha. pp. 146–147.
  4. ^ Singapore Arya Maha Sammmelan 2014
  5. ^ Arya Samaj Singapore celebrates 2015 International Yoga Day

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