Biography of Swami Dayananda Saraswati (स्वामी दयानन्द सरस्वती) (1824-1883), one of the greatest leaders of Hindu revivalism and the founder of the Arya Samaj. He was a renowned Vedic scholar who believed in the infallible authority of the Vedas.
Among Swami Dayananda's immense contributions is his championing of the equal rights of women - such as their right to education and reading of Indian scriptures - and his translation of the Vedas from Sanskrit to Hindi so that the common man may be able to read the Vedas. The Arya Samaj is rare in Hinduism in its acceptance of women as leaders in prayer meetings and preaching. Considering his contributions to the reformation and revival of Hinduism, all Hindus are indebted to this great soul forever.
He was also the first to proclaim India for Indians. His book SATYARTH PRAKASH contributed to the freedom struggle by inspiring the freedom fighters. On the basis of these facts some believe that Swami Dayanand rightfully deserves to be called as Grandfather of the Indian Nation.
To read Satyarth Prakash or Light of Truth in various languages, visit http://www.satyarthprakash.com/