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
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
Arya Samaj

Arya Samaj (Sanskrit: ārya samāja आर्य समाज "Noble Society" Hindi: आर्य समाज, Bengali: আর্য সমাজ, Punjabi: ਆਰੀਆ ਸਮਾਜ, Gujarati: આર્ય સમાજ) is an Indian Hindu reform movement that promotes values and practices based on the belief in the infallible authority of the Vedas. The samaj was founded by the sannyasi (ascetic) Dayanand Saraswati on 10 April 1875. Members of the Arya Samaj believe in one God and reject the worship of idols.

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India in his book, The Discovery of India credits Arya Samaj in introducing proselytization in Hinduism

List of Indian organisations in Singapore

Among the large population of Indians in Singapore there are many organisations and societies of a religious, cultural, social, educational, professional, business and sporting nature.

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