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Arya Samaj of Chicago Celebrated Foundation Day


(Photo by Jayanti Oza)


CHICAGO, IL- On April 10, 1875, Arya Samaj of Mumbai was inaugurated, the first full-fledged Samaj with 28 rules and 100 founding members, Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati himself listed as an ordinary member. From that point, an organization grew that is now worldwide, and brings together all the people who are willing to do good to the society and who are united by a dedication to Vedas. Let us come together this Sunday to celebrate Arya Samaj Sthapana Divas. It is a time to learn about our history and plan our future endeavors for “the uplift of the whole society in both spiritual and material aspects”. What an elevating thought to start the Vedic New Year! Yes, Chaitra Shukla Pratipada also celebrated variously as Vaisakhi, Yugadi, and Gudi Parva is on April 13, 2021. Be sure to join for a prayerful and joyful beginning to the year!


Respected Virendra Kumar Ji will lead the Havan and Pravachan. We are still in awe of his inspiring speech on Bodh Ratri in March. It is our good fortune to be able to have his sermon again on this auspicious occasion. The Satsang will be held on-site with limited attendance. The session will be on Zoom and Facebook as well. Please confirm your attendance prior to each session by email at [email protected]


Last Sunday, Youth Satsang was conducted on-site and virtually. Children participated in the havan and later presented what they have learned from attending Vedic Sanskriti School classes including impressive speeches in Hindi and impeccable Vedic chanting. Manju Kalra Ji graciously shared with us the lessons from Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati’s life. Gita Shah Ji, Rama Patel Ji, Suresh Prem Ji, Meena Dixit Ji presented bhajans. We are very thankful for your continued support of the work of Arya Samaj. Please watch the program on our Facebook page and spread the word to your family and friends. Join us First Sunday of every month with your kids for the Youth Satsang!


Special thanks are due to Ash Perti Ji, who took handled the setup and coordination of Zoom, Facebook, and On-site audio-visual equipment. The whole program went flawlessly thanks to his expertise and meticulous preparation for the big day of reopening the Samaj. If anyone wants to lend a helping hand to the technical team, please contact us for volunteer opportunities!

Mahila Samaj monthly meeting was held on April 7th, 2021 in collaboration with New York Arya Samaj. Dr. Monica Sharma, a family practitioner, and NY Arya Samaj member gave great information about what medical steps women should take for their self-care. Our very own Mohini Bhatia Ji representing Chicagoland Aryasamaj gave an inspiring presentation on Vedic Principles that guide our lifestyle – nutrition, physical exercise, meditation, and seva – with emphasis on how they apply to women today.

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